Peter Higgs to receive Nobel medal

December 10, 2013
By

Peter HiggsThe Edinburgh University physicist was among those who proposed a mechanism to explain mass

Prof Peter Higgs is among the Nobel laureates set to receive their medals on Tuesday at a ceremony in Stockholm.

The Edinburgh University emeritus professor shared this year’s physics prize with Francois Englert for work on the theory of the Higgs boson.

In the 1960s, they were among the physicists who proposed a mechanism to explain why the most basic building blocks of the Universe have mass.

Winners in other Nobel categories will also receive their awards at the event.

These include this year’s laureates in chemistry, economics, medicine and literature.

Higgs was at Edinburgh University when he came up with the theory. The mechanism he helped devise predicts a particle – the Higgs boson – which was finally discovered in 2012 at the Large Hadron Collider on the French-Swiss border.

The Nobel award was somewhat controversial because several physicists were responsible for developing the mechanism at the same time: others include Robert Brout (who is now deceased), Gerald Guralnik, Carl Hagen and Tom Kibble.

The issue had been discussed for some time because the physics prize can be awarded to a maximum of three people.

At the weekend, Higgs told the Guardian newspaper that no university would employ him today because he would not be considered sufficiently “productive”.

Prof Higgs said he “became an embarrassment to the department” when they carried out research assessment exercises. A message would go round to academics asking them for a list of recent publications. Higgs said: “I would send back a statement: ‘None’.”

But he said that he doubted a similar breakthrough could be made in today’s academic culture because of the expectation on researchers to churn out papers.

“It’s difficult to imagine how I would ever have enough peace and quiet in the present sort of climate to do what I did in 1964,” he told the newspaper.

The ceremony began at 1520 GMT (1620 local time) at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25311387#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa The feed :

Tags:

Sponsored By:

The Deeter Group

Deeter Electronics Ltd. | Deeter Electronics Inc | Deeter Group Asia | Deeter Group Germany | Deeter Group Corporate

Head & Registered Office:
Deeter Electronics Ltd.
Deeter House,
Valley Road,
Hughenden Valley,
Bucks. HP14 4LW

Tel: +44 (0) 1494 566 046
Fax: +44 (0) 1494 563 961
E-mail: [email protected]


The Deeter Group with products ranging from: , , , continuous , 4-20mA , , , , , , , a , wireless sensor and much more.

If you want a standard or a custom level switch, float switch, level sensor, or wireless sensor, contact us via email [email protected] or call us now on 01494 566 046.

Company Name: The Deeter Group

Location: Hughenden Valley, UK

Deeter Electronics USA
Deeter Electronics USA
Wireless sensor system | Radio telemetry | Level switches | Level sensors | Liquid level sensor | Float switches | Controllers & indicators | Industrial weighing equipment | Electronic circuit design & manufacture | Software design | Reed relays | Ultrasonic level flow sludge & proximity sensors | Proximity sensors & switches | Reed switches | Litz wire | Wago Terminals | Mechanical & magnetic floats | Boiler control |

Deeter Electronics UK
Wireless sensor system | Radio telemetry | Level switches | Level sensors | Liquid level sensor | Float switches | Controllers & indicators | Industrial weighing equipment | Electronic circuit design & manufacture | Software design | Reed relays | Ultrasonic level flow sludge & proximity sensors | Proximity sensors & switches | Reed switches | Litz wire | Wago Terminals | Mechanical & magnetic floats | Boiler control |

Deeter Electronics Europe
Wireless sensor system | Radio telemetry | Level switches | Level sensors | Liquid level sensor | Float switches | Controllers & indicators | Industrial weighing equipment | Electronic circuit design & manufacture | Software design | Ultrasonic level flow sludge & proximity sensors | Proximity sensors & switches | Reed switches | Litz wire | Wago Terminals | Mechanical & magnetic floats | Boiler control |

Sensor Magazine Websites
Explosion Proof Sensors UK | Explosion Proof Sensors | Water Level Measurement | Liquid Level Sensing | Liquid Level Measurement | Liquid Level Sensors UK | Liquid Level Sensors Europe | Wireless Sensors | Sensor Magazine | Industrial Sensors



Water use