July 18, 2012
Speaking two weeks after Cern scientists announced they had discovered a new particle bearing all the characteristics of a Higgs, the retired professor said he had not expected his theory to be vindicated in his lifetime.
But he insisted he had always remained firmly convinced of the particle’s existence despite initial scepticism within the scientific community.
In his famous 1964 paper, Prof Higgs became the first scientist to propose a new, massive boson particle to explain how fundamental particles – the building blocks of the Universe – get their mass.
The Higgs boson was regarded as the last missing cornerstone of the Standard Model of Physics, a theory which describes how the known particles in the Universe interact with one another, until the announcement by Cern earlier this month which all but confirmed its existence.