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Francois Englert


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In 1964, two young scientists known as Peter Higgs and Francois Englert (and a third, the now deceased Robert Brout, who was collaborating with Englert at the time) independently proposed a theory of how subatomic particles acquire mass. It would take nearly half a century, thousands of scientists and technicians and billions of dollars to find the capstone experimental proof, but when two gigantic experimental collaborations at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland announced the discovery of the Higgs boson to the world on July 4, 2012, the theory was just about confirmed.

Of all the fundamental particles, the Higgs boson stands out as being fundamentally different from all the rest. The most complete explanation thus far in modern physics of how the universe works, the framework known as the Standard Model, holds that fields and their particle manifestations are the essential building blocks of the universe. This standard model rests upon the existence of the Higgs boson, which is connected to a field that fills up all of space and gives subatomic particles, such as electrons and quarks, their mass.

Quote from Dr. H. Frederick Dylla, Executive Director and CEO

“The question of how particles acquire mass has been one of the fundamental puzzles in particle physics and was the last piece of the standard model to fall into place,” said H. Frederick Dylla, the executive director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics (AIP). “This is one of the great achievements in the history of physics, and the awarding of the prize could not be more timely, since the Higgs boson was finally observed on July 4 last year at CERN in Switzerland.”

Pictures, Graphics, and Multimedia

Photos of François Englert

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From the European Parliament

© 2012, European Union

Videos of Peter W. Higgs

Peter Higgs University of Edinburgh News Conference

Peter Higgs CERN Interview

Peter Higgs Swansea University Interview

Videos of François Englert

François Englert CERN (French)

François Englert Lecture at Tel Aviv University

CERN Scientists Announce the Higgs Boson


François Englert biography

Peter W. Higgs biography

Press release

Why is the Higgs Boson So Important? AIP Gathers Expert Commentary and Background Info on Nobel Prize Resource Page (10/8/13)

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