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"
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."

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