First Minister launches Higgs prize

A prize for schoolchildren has been launched in the name of renowned university physicist Professor Peter Higgs.

The award is open to Scottish school students who excel in physics.

Professor Higgs has had the prize created in his honour after his work in predicting the Higgs boson particle, which was confirmed by scientists last year.

Winners will travel to the CERN facility in Switzerland, where scientists discovered the tiny particle and are continuing to research how it gives rise to all mass.

Government backing

Rewarding those who have excelled in physics in this way and supporting the next generation of scientists is to be warmly welcomed.
Professor Peter HiggsSchool of Physics and Astronomy

First Minster Alex Salmond announced the annual prize at an event at his official residence, Bute House.

Mr Salmond praised the Professor as a household name whose work is celebrated internationally.

He added that the prize would serve as an opportunity for some of Scotland's brightest young physicists to see for themselves the cutting edge of international physics at CERN.

The Higgs Prize is one of the highlights of a week showcasing Scotland's scientific excellence.

The First Minister will be promoting the global reputation of Scottish science and the progress being made by Scottish scientists in research and development.

As a student at my old school in Bristol, I was inspired by seeing the name of Paul Dirac appear several times on the Honours board. Dirac was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 1933. I am pleased to have my name associated with this prize and hope that this will inspire young students of today just as I was myself in the past. I know very well how exciting and amazing visits to CERN can be.
Professor Peter HiggsSchool of Physics and Astronomy