Renowned Physicist Peter Higgs, Who Predicted the Higgs Boson, Passes Away at Age 94


Renowned Physicist Peter Higgs, Who Predicted the Higgs Boson, Passes Away at Age 94

Peter Higgs, the theoretical physicist who predicted the existence of the Higgs boson, passed away at the age of 94. The University of Edinburgh confirmed his death on April 8 after a brief illness. Higgs had been a professor at the university since 1960 until his retirement in 1996. He was best known for his groundbreaking work in predicting the masses of subatomic particles and was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 2013 alongside François Englert for their discovery of the Higgs boson.

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England in 1929, Higgs earned his doctoral degree from King’s College London in 1954. In his 1964 paper, he proposed the existence of the Higgs boson as a particle that gives mass to other particles through interaction with the Higgs field. Detecting the Higgs boson proved to be a formidable challenge due to its rarity and rapid decay, but in 2012 it was finally detected using the Large Hadron Collider in France and Switzerland.

The discovery of the Higgs boson confirmed Higgs’ theory and its importance in our understanding of particle physics. Without the Higgs boson, other particles would not have mass. Higgs himself was deeply moved by the news of the discovery, as he witnessed the emotional response of the audience to the breakthrough in 2012. His work has had a profound impact on the field of physics and has solidified his legacy as one of the greatest theoretical physicists of our time.

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