University to honour Peter Higgs

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Professor Peter Higgs, the scientist considered to be the ‘founder’ of the Higgs boson particle, will be honoured with a Doctorate of Science at the University graduation ceremony on 25 June.

Professor Higgs predicted the existence of the particle, which gives mass to all matter in the universe, in 1964 in collaboration with other scientists. In 2013 CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, tentatively confirmed that it did exist. Given its significance, some have taken to calling it the “God particle” since the publication of a book of the same name in 1993.

Between 24 June and 27 June, the University will award honorary degrees to several notable people as well as Professor Higgs in Younger Hall. Those honored include BBC chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet and the director of the National Gallery in London, Dr Nicholas Penny. In total, there will be 13 recipients.

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