Peter Higgs (Britain) and Francois Englert (Belgium) have bagged the Nobel Physics Prize for the discovery of "God particle", the Higgs Boson that explains why mass exists. The announcement comes after strong rumours about the Nobel Commitee's decision on the honour. The scientific community was widely hopeful of the God particle scientists getting the coveted honour this time. The duo have been decorated with the top honour for "the discovery of a mechanism that helps us understand the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which has been recently confirmed through the discovery of God particle. The discovery confirmed the validity of the Standard Model in physics, of which the last particle had been missing so far.
The elusive boson had been theorized by Higgs in 1964 as something that gave mass to matter as the Universe cooled after the Big Bang. Guided by the theoretical work of Higgs, Englert and thousands of scientists had single-mindededly pursued it for over three years at the CERN laboratory's atom-smashing Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva. In July 4 last year, the research lab had announced the discovery of an elementary particle "consistent with (the) long-sought Higgs Boson" -- a scientific watershed.
In keeping with the tradition, the laureates will receive their prize at a ceremony in Stockholm on December 10, the death anniversary of founder Alfred Nobel.
Last year the award went to Serge Haroche of France and David Wineland of the US for work in quantum physics that could one day open the way to revolutionary computers.