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Newcastle-born professor wins freedom of city

Professor Peter Higgs Credit: PA Wire

Newcastle-born scientist Professor Peter Higgs will receive the Freedom of the City of Newcastle today.

The Nobel Prize winner will attend a special ceremony at the civic centre this afternoon, where a plaque will be unveiled in his honour.

Prof Higgs was first to predict the existence of what became known as the Higgs boson particle..

He was born in Elswick in Newcastle in 1929 and spent his early life in the city.

He has gone on to become one of the world's most famous scientists and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics late last year.

Peter Higgs receives Nobel Prize

Peter Higgs won the 2013 Nobel physics award Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Professor Peter Higgs has been presented with the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 from King Carl Gustaf of Sweden during the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in the Concert Hall of Stockholm.

The Newcastle born physicist was given the award for his work which led to the discovery of the Higgs Boson.


Cameron praises Nobel prize winner

Prime Minister David Cameron has praised Newcastle-born Nobel prize winner Peter Higgs who predicted the existence of a fundamental particle which has been named after him.

Professor Higgs was born in Newcastle in 1929. His discovery of the Higgs boson was ratified by scientists at Cern last year. The Prime Minister praised Professor Higgs and the UK's "world-leading" universities.

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'.

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Professor Higgs 'overwhelmed' by Nobel Prize win

In a statement released through Edinburgh University, Professor Peter Higgs has said:

I am overwhelmed to receive this award and thank the Royal Swedish Academy.

I would also like to congratulate all those who have contributed to the discovery of this new particle and to thank my family, friends and colleagues for their support.

I hope this recognition of fundamental science will help raise awareness of the value of blue-sky research.


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UK's Peter Higgs joint winner of Nobel Prize in Physics

Higgs boson scientists Peter Higgs from the UK and Belgium's Francois Englert have won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics.

They were among among several physicists in the 1960's who proposed a mechanism explaining why the Higgs boson particle, the universe's most basic building block, has mass.

Professor Peter Higgs. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The particle was discovered in 2012 Large Hadron Collider in Cern, Swizterland.

Top scientist honoured

Durham University has honoured one of the world's top scientists. Professor Peter Higgs is the physicist whose theories led to one of the most important discoveries in science - the Higgs Boson - earlier this year.

Professor Higgs was born in Newcastle and is rapidly becoming a house hold name

His theories in particles physics, which he came up with over 40 years ago, have led to the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson.

Also known as the God Particle because It's thought it has special properties which make life, the universe and everything possible.

He was the special guest at Durham University which is celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Ogden Centre which has played a large part in the search of the Higgs.

The Large Hadrone Collider at Cern in Switzerland was built specially to look for it, making it one of the most expensive scientific instruments ever built

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