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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'.