Peter Higgs

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Peter Higgs

Peter Ware Higgs (born 29 May 1929) is a British theoretical physicist, Emeritus Professor in the University of Edinburgh, and Nobel Prize laureate for his work on the mass of subatomic particles.In the 1960s, Higgs proposed that broken symmetry in electroweak theory could explain the origin of mass of elementary particles in general and of the W and Z bosons in particular. This so-called Higgs mechanism, which was proposed by several physicists besides Higgs at about the same time, predicts the existence of a new particle, the Higgs boson, the detection of which became one of the great goals of physics. On 4 July 2012, CERN announced the discovery of the boson at the Large Hadron Collider. The Higgs mechanism is generally accepted as an important ingredient in the Standard Model of particle physics, without which certain particles would have no mass.Higgs has been honoured with a number of awards in recognition of his work, including the 1981 Hughes Medal from the Royal Society; the 1984 Rutherford Medal from the Institute of Physics; the 1997 Dirac Medal and Prize for outstanding contributions to theoretical physics from the Institute of Physics; the 1997 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize by the European Physical Society; the 2004 Wolf Prize in Physics; the 2009 Oskar Klein Memorial Lecture medal from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences; the 2010 American Physical Society J. J. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Peter Higgs has received more than 839,487 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 66th most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Peter Higgs ranks 66 out of 659Before him are Robert Andrews Millikan, Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, Mikhail Lomonosov, Johannes Stark, Carl David Anderson, and J. Robert Oppenheimer. After him are Lev Landau, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Wilhelm Eduard Weber, Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, and Max von Laue.

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Among people born in 1929, Peter Higgs ranks 17Before him are Sergio Leone, Imre Kertész, Jacques Brel, Hassan II of Morocco, Jean Baudrillard, and Frank Gehry. After him are Christopher Plummer, Michael Ende, Irene Papas, Chet Baker, Oriana Fallaci, and Alejandro Jodorowsky.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Peter Higgs ranks 193 out of 5,347Before him are Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792), Ian Fleming (1908), Alexander Selkirk (1676), Charlotte Rampling (1946), Ecgberht, King of Wessex (800), and Elizabeth of York (1466). After him are Judi Dench (1934), James V of Scotland (1512), John Keats (1795), Graham Greene (1904), Rowan Atkinson (1955), and Stan Laurel (1890).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Peter Higgs ranks 14Before him are William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824), Paul Dirac (1902), Thomas Young (1773), James Chadwick (1891), William Gilbert (1544), and Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869). After him are John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh (1842), Owen Willans Richardson (1879), William Henry Bragg (1862), C. F. Powell (1903), Charles Glover Barkla (1877), and George Paget Thomson (1892).