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Prof Peter Higgs

I am delighted that the award of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics has gone to Professor Peter Higgs of Edinburgh University for 'the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the Atlas and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider'. In other words, for proposing, almost 50 years ago, the existence of the elementary particle now known as the Higgs Boson that was finally discovered at CERN last year. The prize was awarded jointly to Professor Francois Englert from Belgium.

Professor Higgs was made an Honorary Fellow of the Society earlier this year. This is fabulous news indeed.

Professor Ian Robson
President RSSA

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