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  • richardmitnick 12:48 pm on March 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    From CERN: “Edinburgh Medal honours Higgs and CERN” 

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    March 26, 2013
    Marina Giampietro

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    CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer accepts an Edinburgh Medal on behalf of CERN at a ceremony on Saturday. Also honoured was Peter Higgs (right) (Image: Joshua Smythe)

    “In a ceremony on 24 March, the 2013 Edinburgh Medal was awarded to Peter Higgs and CERN. The Director-General received the medal on behalf of CERN [See video].

    The Edinburgh Medal, now in its 25th year, is awarded by the Edinburgh International Science Festival to scientists whose achievements have made a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity.

    The first Edinburgh Medal was awarded to Abdus Salam who received the Nobel prize in physics for theoretical work that became a fundamental part of the Standard Model of particles and forces. Salam’s work incorporated what is now known as the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism, which gives mass to elementary particles. The mechanism introduced a new field, which like all fundamental fields has an associated particle, in this case called the Higgs boson.

    This year the award comes full circle, being awarded to Higgs and to CERN, where the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider tracked down a particle last summer that look increasingly like a Higgs boson.

    And now, a neat video of the awards.

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  • richardmitnick 1:12 am on February 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    From The BBC: “Prof Peter Higgs: Prize honours Large Hadron Collider scientist” 

    BBC News Scotland

    The scientist who gave his name to the Higgs boson hopes a prize named in his honour will inspire a new generation of physics geniuses.

    First Minister Alex Salmond has announced an annual prize, named after Prof Peter Higgs, for school students.

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    Prof Peter Higgs standing beside the Large Hadron Collider

    Prof Higgs said: ‘I hope that this will inspire young students of today…Rewarding those who have excelled in physics in this way and supporting the next generation of scientists is to be warmly welcomed.’

    The Higgs Prize, open to Scottish school students who excel in physics, will be formally launched by the First Minister and the scientist on Tuesday.
    It is part of a week designed to showcase Scotland’s scientific expertise, with Mr Salmond also expected to make a significant announcement about life sciences and mark a landmark in space science.

    Prof Higgs hit upon his defining concept during a walk in the Cairngorms in 1964, when he started to consider the existence of a particle that gives matter its mass.

    Visitors can walk through a full-size replica of a section of the Large Hadron Collider tunnel. He wrote two scientific papers on his theory and was eventually published in the Physical Review Letters journal, sparking a 40-year hunt for the Higgs boson. In July, a team from the European nuclear research facility at CERN, Geneva, announced the detection of a particle that fitted the description of the elusive Higgs.”

    See the full article here.

     
    • John Jaksich 11:43 am on February 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice. This type of incentive is definitely needed in today’s economy.

      Like

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