Nobel prize winner Peter Higgs congratulated by Swansea colleagues
AN honorary fellow of Swansea University has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.
Peter Higgs was announced as the winner today, along with fellow scientist physicist Francois Englert, for his work on the elusive boson particle that bears his name.
Scientists finally discovered the Higgs boson in July last year.
Days after the July announcement, which made global news, Professor Higgs was at Swansea to lecture at an international physics conference, an appearance which was streamed live via the university's website.
Professor Higgs has strong ties to Swansea University, and in July 2008 was awarded a fellowship during the degree ceremony for the school of physical sciences.
He has previously given lectures at the uni and taught current members of the physics department, including Simon Hands, who is now director of research at the college of science.
Professor Hands said: “Peter's achievements in physics have profoundly changed the way we view the world at the sub-atomic level, and are a testament to the breadth of his knowledge and scope of his curiosity.
"I am delighted his work has been recognised and I along with the rest of his friends here at Swansea University send our warmest congratulations to him.”