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Higgs to give Nobel prize reaction
Nobel Prize-winning scientist Professor Peter Higgs will give his reaction today on receiving the prestigious award.
Prof Higgs has been recognised by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for his work on the theory of the particle which shares his name, the Higgs boson.
The existence of the so-called ''God particle'', said to give matter its substance, or mass, was proved 50 years on by a team from the European nuclear research facility (Cern) in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2012.
Prof Higgs, who shares this year's prize with Francois Englert of Belgium, joins the ranks of past Nobel winners including Marie Curie and Albert Einstein.
The 84-year-old is an emeritus professor at Edinburgh University, where he will respond to the many congratulatory wishes since Monday's announcement.
The Swedish prize was established by businessman Alfred Nobel and was first awarded in 1901 to honour achievements in science, literature and peace.
The Higgs-Englert award recognises the ''theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles''.
That mechanism predicted the existence of the Higgs boson, which enables particles to acquire mass.
Its discovery is of huge significance to the theory that enables scientists to understand the physical universe, known as the Standard Model of Physics.
Prof Higgs established the concept of the ''God particle'' while working as a lecturer in 1964.
He wrote two scientific papers on his theory and was eventually published in the Physical Review Letters journal, sparking a hunt for the elusive particle.
Other researchers, including Professor Englert, were also working separately on the same idea as Prof Higgs and published papers around the same time.
Prof Higgs was made a Companion of Honour in the New Year Honours list and the Higgs Prize has been set up by the Scottish Government to recognise school pupils who excel in physics.
He will be joined at today's event by Edinburgh University principal Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea and Dr Victoria Martin, a reader in the School of Physics and Astronomy who works with CERN and is a former student of Prof Higgs.
The event will be webcast at www.ed.ac.uk.