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Scientist Peter Higgs, who predicted the existence of the boson, has died

British scientist and Nobel Prize winner in physics Peter Higgs, who predicted the existence of the boson particle, has died. His death was announced by the University of Edinburgh, where Higgs was emeritus professor.

“It has become known that Professor Peter Higgs has died at the age of 94.
years. He passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 8, after a short illness,” the statement said. website university.

Higgs in 1964 suggested the existence of a new particle – a boson. Almost half a century later, this was confirmed virtually during research at the Large Hadron Collider. The particle itself was eventually named after the British physicist.

In 2013, Higgs, together with the Belgian Francois Engler, with whom he made a prediction about the existence of the boson, was awarded the Nobel Prize. The justification for the award stated: for “the theoretical prediction of a mechanism that helps to understand the origin of the mass of subatomic particles, the existence of which was proven by the discovery of the predicted elementary particle in the CERN Large Hadron Collider.”

Higgs was also awarded prizes and medals for his achievements in the field of theoretical physics. In particular, he is a recipient of the Dirac Medal, awarded by the Institute of Physics in London, and the Particle and High Energy Physics Prize of the European Physical Society. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

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