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.
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.
The North-East scientist Peter Higgs has won the Nobel physics prize for his work on the Higgs boson - sharing the prize with his colleague Francois Englert.
The 83-year-old gave his name to the Higgs boson, which scientists at the Large Hadron Collider believe they discovered in July, having hit on the concept in the 1960s.
The physicist has now retired from the University of Edinburgh and is recognised worldwide as the creator of the theory behind the 'God particle'.