New Delhi: Physicist Peter Higgs, who first suggested the existence of the `God Particle`, has been made a Companion of Honour.
In July, scientists from CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, announced that they have finally locked onto Higgs boson, the ‘God particle’, a discovery that crowns the global scientific community’s most challenging and comprehensive quest for the subatomic particle rightly regarded as “the key to the cosmic riddle”.
The breakthrough was described as the biggest leap in physics.
An overwhelmed Higgs, 83, said: “I certainly had no idea it would happen in my lifetime at the beginning, more than 40 years ago”.
“I think it shows amazing dedication by the young people involved with these colossal collaborations to persist in this way, on what is a really a very difficult task. I congratulate them,” he added.
The Higgs boson is regarded as the key to understanding the universe and that is why it is important.
(With Agency inputs)