New Year Honours: Physicist Higgs made Companion of Honour

Professor Peter Higgs, the retired British physicist, who is the namesake of the Higgs boson, or so-called "God particle", has been made a Companion of Honour in the New Year Honours list.

Professor Peter Higg
Researchers from CERN announce the discovery of Higgs boson in July Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

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Higgs leads awards in science

Professor Peter Higgs, the retired British physicist, has been recognised in the New Year Honours list. MI5 chief Jonathan Evans has been honoured with a knighthood, while Cherie Blair and gay rights activist Michael Cashman have been awarded a CBE.