Credit: Peter Tuffy and University of Edinburgh
Professor Peter Higgs CH FRS
Peter Higgs is a Nobel Prize-winning particle physicist who has made invaluable contributions to our understanding of the Universe on the smallest scales. His work on fundamental particle interactions, especially those distinguished by the appearance of the so-called Higgs boson, has inspired much of high energy physics research over recent decades.
Peter is most widely recognised for his 1964 papers on spontaneous symmetry breaking, which predicted the existence of a new kind of particle capable of giving all other particles mass. Eventually discovered in 2012 by researchers working at CERN, the search for the elusive Higgs boson has made Peter a household name and sparked a new wave of interest in fundamental physics.
A fellow of numerous learned societies, Peter has received many of the world’s most prestigious scientific awards including the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. In recognition of his contributions to science, he was appointed as Companion of Honour in the 2013 New Year Honours List.
Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh
Interest and expertise
- Astronomy and physics
- Mathematical and theoretical physics, Quantum theory, Elementary particle physics
- Applied mathematics and theoretical physics
elementary particles, spontaneous symmetry breaking, Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism