A look at the winners of Nobel Prize in physics

Britain:  Peter Higgs and Francois Englert have been awarded the Nobel prize in Physics today for their theory of how particles acquire mass- existence of the subatomic Higgs boson. WHO WON?Peter Higgs, 84, emeritus professor
a look at the winners of nobel prize in physics -...
India TV News Desk October 08, 2013 20:40 IST
Britain:  Peter Higgs and Francois Englert have been awarded the Nobel prize in Physics today for their theory of how particles acquire mass- existence of the subatomic Higgs boson.

WHO WON?
Peter Higgs, 84, emeritus professor of theoretical physics at the University of Edinburgh, Britain, and Francois Englert, 80, professor emeritus of theoretical physics at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.


FOR WHAT?
For proposing the existence of a special type of subatomic particle, since named the Higgs boson, whose features were confirmed last year through experiments conducted at CERN, the gigantic international particle research laboratory on the Swiss-French border.

SIGNIFICANCE
The existence of the Higgs boson is needed to explain how particles acquire mass.

That provides a fundamental pillar of the physics theory which explains the origins of the universe by describing how matter came into being shortly after the Big Bang.


 
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