Nobel Prize-winning Peter Higgs plans to retire

Nobel Prize winning scientist Professor Peter Higgs has revealed plans to retire next year at the age of 85.

Professor Higgs, who travels across the world to give lectures in his role as a emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh, said:

"I'm proposing to retire at the age of 85 next year. Flying around the world giving lectures is a fairly recent phenomenon because of the build up to this discovery at Cern but for many years I had a quiet time in retirement."

Higgs revealed he first heard he won the prestigious award when a women stopped to congratulate him in the street. Credit: PA Wire

The 84-year-old, who was recognised for his achievements on the theory of the the Higgs Boson particle last week, also revealed that he had turned down a knighthood in 1999.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, the Professor said: ""I got the offer from Tony Blair in November 1999. I would have been included in the millennium honours and I said no thank you.

"I thought anything of that sort was premature and anyway I didn't want that sort of title thank you. I actually didn't want any sort of title."