Britain's Professor Peter Higgs was today announced as joint-winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics.
The European Union's three presidents collected the Nobel Peace Prize today in Oslo.
Nobel Prize winner Sir John Gurdon told ITV News he was dissuaded from studying science at Eton by his teacher.
A Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for championing girls' right to education is widely tipped to receive the world's top peace award later.
Malala Yousafzai is among the favourites to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, with the winner due to be announced by the Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway.
The award process is shrouded in secrecy and nominations cannot be published for 50 years, but a global campaign petitioning for Malala to be short-listed attracted more than half a million signatures.
In a statement released through Edinburgh University, Professor Peter Higgs has said:
I am overwhelmed to receive this award and thank the Royal Swedish Academy.
I would also like to congratulate all those who have contributed to the discovery of this new particle and to thank my family, friends and colleagues for their support.
I hope this recognition of fundamental science will help raise awareness of the value of blue-sky research.
Congratulations to Britain's Professor Peter Higgs, who is sharing this year's #NobelPrize for Physics.
Higgs boson scientists Peter Higgs from the UK and Belgium's Francois Englert have won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics.
They were among among several physicists in the 1960's who proposed a mechanism explaining why the Higgs boson particle, the universe's most basic building block, has mass.
The particle was discovered in 2012 Large Hadron Collider in Cern, Swizterland.
The European Union has received the Nobel Peace Prize in honour of its peace-keeping since World War Two at a ceremony in Norway.
ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates reports from Oslo:
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that "it's not a bad thing" to honour peace in the European Union with the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Liberal Democrat leader said: "It's a not a bad thing from time to time to recognise that we've had 70 years of peace in a continent that had been racked with conflict and war for much of the last century."
Nick Clegg's office has tweeted a picture of the Deputy Prime Minister meeting French President Francois Hollande in Oslo, after the European Union received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Herman Van Rompuy goes for his JFK moment: "Ich bin ein Europaer", as he accepts the Nobel Peace Prize. I think Kennedy did it better.