Higgs says his Nobel prize was 'a long time coming'

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Professor Peter Higgs has revealed that he first learned of his award when a former neighbour stopped him on the street to tell him.

Professor Peter Higss was recognised for his work on the Higgs boson "God particle" Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"She congratulated me on the news and I said 'oh, what news?" he said.

"She told me her daughter phoned from London to alert her to the fact I had got this prize. I heard more about it obviously when I got home and started reading the messages."

Higgs was awarded jointly for his work on the Higgs boson, the so-called "God particle" which gives matter its mass. Its existence was proved in 2012, 50 years after his work.

"Obviously I'm delighted and rather relieved in a sense that it's all over," Higgs said. "It's been a long time coming."