Britain's Higgs, Belgium's Englert win 2013 physics Nobel prize
STOCKHOLM (REUTERS) - Britain's Peter Higgs and Belgium's Francois Englert won the 2013 Nobel prize for physics for predicting the existence of the Higgs boson - the particle key to explaining why elementary matter has mass - the award-giving body said on Tuesday.
The two scientists had been favourites to share the 8 million Swedish crown (S$1.56 million) prize after their theoretical work was finally vindicated by experiments at the CERN research centre's gigantic particle collider.
"The awarded theory is a central part of the Standard Model of particle physics that describes how the world is constructed," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement.
"According to the Standard Model, everything, from flowers and people to stars and planets, consists of just a few building blocks: matter particles."