STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences rewarded Physicists Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain with a Nobel Prize for their quest for the Higgs boson (BOH'-zuhn), or so-called God particle.
Their theories on how subatomic particles acquire mass were confirmed last year at a laboratory in Geneva.
The announcement, which was widely expected, was delayed by one hour, which is highly unusual. The academy gave no immediate reason, other than saying on Twitter that it was "still in session" at the original announcement time.
Englert and Higgs theorized about the existence of the particle in the 1960s to provide an answer to a riddle: why matter has mass. The tiny particle, they believed, acts like molasses on snow — causing other basic building blocks of nature to stick together, slow down and form atoms.
154-a-12-(Representative of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, in announcement of Nobel Prize in physics)-"Large Hadron Collider"-In announcing the winners of the Nobel prize in physics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has honored the work of Francois Englert and Peter Higg for their theory about how particles acquire mass. ((Francois Englert is pronounced fran-SWAH' ahn-GLEHR')) (8 Oct 2013)
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155-a-13-(Francois Englert (fran-SWAH' ahn-GLEHR'), winner, Nobel prize in physics, in interview during the announcement ceremony)-"I'm very happy"-Nobel Prize winning physicist Francois Englert says he's very pleased with the award -- after an awkward spell while the announcement was delayed. (8 Oct 2013)
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152-a-20-(Representative of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, in announcement of Nobel Prize in physics.)-"Edinburgh, United Kingdom"-The Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to two scientists for their work in subatomic particle research. (8 Oct 2013)
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153-a-10-(Representative of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, in announcement of Nobel Prize in physics)-"of subatomic particles"-The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded this year's Nobel Prize in physics to scientists Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain. ((Francois Englert is pronounced fran-SWAH' ahn-GLEHR')) (8 Oct 2013)
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