Prime Minister David Cameron has praised Newcastle-born Nobel prize winner Peter Higgs who predicted the existence of a fundamental particle which has been named after him.
Professor Higgs was born in Newcastle in 1929. His discovery of the Higgs boson was ratified by scientists at Cern last year. The Prime Minister praised Professor Higgs and the UK's "world-leading" universities.
Durham University has honoured one of the world's top scientists. Professor Peter Higgs is the physicist whose theories led to one of the most important discoveries in science - the Higgs Boson - earlier this year.
Professor Higgs was born in Newcastle and is rapidly becoming a house hold name
His theories in particles physics, which he came up with over 40 years ago, have led to the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson.
Also known as the God Particle because It's thought it has special properties which make life, the universe and everything possible.
He was the special guest at Durham University which is celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Ogden Centre which has played a large part in the search of the Higgs.
The Large Hadrone Collider at Cern in Switzerland was built specially to look for it, making it one of the most expensive scientific instruments ever built
Newcastle-born physicist Professor Peter Higgs has been honoured by Durham University. Professor Higgs' theories led to one of the biggest breakthroughs in science, the discovery of the Higgs Boson, which is seen as a huge step forward in our understanding of the universe.