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Belgian Holocaust Survivor Wins Nobel Prize in Physics

80-year-old Frannçois Englert, alongside British physicist Peter Higgs, have won the distinguished prize for their discovery of the Higgs particle

By: Daniel Koren
Published: October 8th, 2013 in News » World
Francois Englert & Peter Higgs

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced that 80-year-old Tel Aviv University professor François Englert, a Belgian Holocaust survivor, and British physicist Petter Higgs have won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for their contributions to the field, notably for discovering the Higgs particle.

Englert, a professor at TAU's School of Physics and Astronomy, has maintained a 'deep connection' with the university for several years, according to Times of Israel.

"Professor Englert is a Belgian Jew, a professor emeritus at the University of Brussels and has had close research ties with the Tel Aviv University for the past thirty years," Tel Aviv University stated.

They also added that in addition to lecturing, Englert is a senior 'special status' professor who also acts a consultant on research, and that he had focused a lecture in April on the work him and Higgs did on the Higgs particle. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences praised the two for the "theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles."

As is custom, the Academy decided the winners today (the day of the announcement).

"I am overwhelmed to receive this award and thank the Royal Swedish Academy," Higgs said in a statement released via the University of Edinburgh. "I hope this recognition of fundamental science will help raise awareness of the value of blue-sky research."

Englert was not the only Jewish recipient of a 2013 Nobel Prize; yesterday, it was announced that two American Jews and a German won the prestigious Nobel Prize in Medicine: James Rothman of Yale University, Randy Schekman of the University of California, and Dr. Thomas Sudhof of Stanford University.

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