back to article Peter Higgs, daddy of the Higgs boson, dies at 94

In a world dominated by instant gratification, Peter Higgs, who died earlier this week, had to wait more than half of his 94-year lifetime to see his theoretical predictions confirmed, thereby changing our understanding of the universe. Born in Northeast England in 1929, Higgs, who passed away today, first proposed a particle …

  1. Alien Doctor 1.1

    I remember the moment the discovery was announced and Peter shed a couple of tears, it was so great to his humble reaction to having his theory finally proven.

  2. tony72
    Coat

    A great man for sure

    His loss is really going to weigh on my mind.

  3. Neil Barnes Silver badge
    Pint

    Where's Higgs?

    I was always reminded of Tom Stoppard... the whole 'where's Higgs' bit seemed to fit so well to the search for the particle.

    A pint in his memory!

    1. Jedit Silver badge
      Pint

      "A pint in his memory!"

      I would also pour one out for the man. However, I have not yet been able to discover the Higgs Beerson, so will have to settle for the icon.

      1. Sam not the Viking Silver badge
        Pint

        Re: "A pint in his memory!"

        I have Lepton the bandwagon and encourage your search for the fundament particles.

        With the highest regard to Mr Higgs --->

  4. Michael Strorm Silver badge

    "The particle bearing his name lives on"

    I should hope so- given that everything around us depends on the Higgs Boson for its existence, we'd all be in very serious trouble if it didn't.

  5. ldo

    “That Goddamn Particle”

    It was apparently a publisher or editor who suggested the name “god particle”, as a euphemism for “goddamn particle”. The resulting religious/mystical connotations were entirely spurious.

    1. Winkypop Silver badge

      Re: “That Goddamn Particle”

      Not the first time the church has latched onto science in a (misguided) bid to underscore their claims.

      1. JDX Gold badge

        Re: “That Goddamn Particle”

        I don't recall the church latching onto it. We have that famous quote "God doesn't play dice" as well but I don't think many sermons were penned damning quantum mechanics.

        But then one of the leadership team in my charismatic church of the time was a world-renowned astrophysicist and maybe nobody dared say anything lest she corrected their misunderstanding!

  6. Jumbotron64

    He has returned to the field that is named after him.

  7. nemecystt

    Serendipity

    I still find it one of the most remarkable coincidences in physics history that it was Peter Higgs who discovered the Higgs Boson. Almost like pre-destiny. I mean, Watt are the odds?

    1. Ian Johnston Silver badge

      Re: Serendipity

      Almost as much of a fluke as Lou Gehrig dying from Lou Gehrig's Disease.

  8. Jonathan Richards 1

    I have no idea...

    ...whether Prof. Higgs had any sort of religious affilitations, but surely someone should say mass.

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