GOD particle scientist Professor Peter Higgs is to be given a rare honour by his adopted home city.
The acclaimed theoretical physicist will be awarded the freedom of the city of Edinburgh in recognition of his “immense contribution to science”. Prof Higgs was born in Newcastle, but has lived and worked in Edinburgh for more than 50 years, and it was where he came up with the idea which has earned him worldwide fame.
He predicted the existence of the Higgs boson in 1964, and because of its fundamental importance in giving all other particles mass, it was dubbed the “God particle”.
Prof Higgs said: “I am extremely pleased to be offered the freedom of the city of Edinburgh, the city that I have grown to love and has been my adopted home for almost all of my working life.”
In June, Prof Higgs was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Durham University, in recognition of his landmark research.