Spain: Higgs, Englert, Cern win Prince of Asturias award

29 May, 16:25

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, MAY 29 - British theoretical physicist Peter Higgs and his Belgian counterpart Francois Englert who identified the existence of a new subatomic particle known as the Higgs bosun were today awarded the 2013 Prince of Asturias award for scientific research.

    CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research also received the award this year, foundation sources said.

    The jury, which gathered in Oviedo the capital of the principality in northern Spain, is understood to have recognised the ''pioneering works'' of the two scientists and the late Belgian physicist Robert Brout who established the theoretical basis for the existence of the Higgs boson.

    The particle was described in the award as the ''complete Standard Model'' that describes the fundamental components of nature and is responsible for that several elementary particles have mass.

    Englert and Higgs independently predicted the existence of the boson at the same time, while 50 years later - in July 2012 - CERN confirmed they had experimentally confirmed its existence. (ANSAmed).

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