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2013 Nobel Prize in Physics to RSE Fellow

Posted 08/10/2013

Following the announcement today by the Nobel Prize Committee regarding Professor Peter Higgs, Sir John Arbuthnott, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy, said:

“Peter Higgs is one of the great modern scientific minds. I am delighted Peter has been awarded a Nobel Prize for Physics. This well-deserved honour is the ultimate recognition of the extraordinary contribution he has made to the understanding of the fundamental nature of matter”.

“Peter maintains the Scottish tradition of inspired excellence in science and follows in the footsteps of outstanding RSE Fellows like James Clerk Maxwell and Lord Kelvin, whose work profoundly affect our lives today. Given the intense world wide competition for the brightest minds and the link between that and future wealth creation, the ability of Scotland to continue to attract and retain the finest minds is now even more important.” 

“The Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh extend their heartfelt congratulations to one of our own, who has rightly received the highest of scientific accolades.”

  1. Peter Higgs became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1974.
  2. The Queen awarded Peter the first of the RSE’s Royal Medals in 2000.
  3. As a national academy of arts and sciences, the RSE commissioned a fine portrait of Peter Higgs this year from Victoria Crowe; she is also an RSE Fellow.  This can be seen on the RSE website .
  4. The RSE exhibition “From Maxwell to Higgs” was opened in 2012 by The Duke of Edinburgh and can be viewed on the RSE website.
  5. Peter was born in Newcastle and educated at King’s College London.


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