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North East scientist honoured with Nobel prize

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.

Professor Peter Higgs was born in Elswick in Newcastle Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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'.

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Professor Higgs 'overwhelmed' by Nobel Prize win

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.


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UK's Peter Higgs joint winner of Nobel Prize in 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.

Professor Peter Higgs. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The particle was discovered in 2012 Large Hadron Collider in Cern, Swizterland.


Gold Nobel Peace Prize stolen on Tyneside

Gold Nobel medal was awarded to Tyneside politician Arthur Henderson Credit: © ®The Nobel Foundation

Police have released an image of the rare Nobel Peace Prize which was stolen from the Lord Mayor's official residence in Newcastle this week.

North East politician Arthur Henderson was awarded the medal in 1934 for his work on international disarmament.

Police appeal over stolen Nobel Peace Prize

"Some of the items taken in this burglary are very uncommon and we are asking the public to keep their eyes open for them.

"One of the items is a Nobel Peace Prize, dating back to 1934 when it was awarded to Newcastle's Arthur Henderson for his work on international disarmament.

"The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 93 times to 124 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2012 and so the stolen item is extremely rare, recognisable and historically important."

– Newcastle Temporary Superintendent Bruce Storey

Nobel Peace Prize stolen in Newcastle burglary

The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Newcastle Credit: Tom White/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A Nobel Peace Prize belonging to Newcastle Laureate Arthur Henderson has been stolen in a burglary at the Lord Mayor's Mansion House.

It happened overnight on Monday April 1 at the property on Fernwood Road in Jesmond.

Police think the theives broke in through the cellar before searching the house.

They stole a number of items thought to be in the value of £150,000.

The gold Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the former foreign secretary in the 1930 for his work on international disarmament.

A lock of hair from Admiral Lord Collingwood, and a large amount of antique silverware were also taken.

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