Nobel Prize in Physics for Higgs Discovery

October 8, 2013

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics to Peter Higgs, 84, of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and François Englert, 80, of the University Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, for their work in the development in the 1960s of the theory behind what is now known as the Higgs field, the energy responsible for the mass of elementary particles. U.S. scientists, including researchers from Berkeley Lab, played a significant role in advancing the theory and in discovering the Higgs boson, the particle that proves the existence of the Higgs field. A news release on the U.S. contribution can be read here. The video above also looks at the U.S. contribution to the Higgs boson discovery.

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