Higgs Prize to recognise outstanding young physicists in Scotland

5 February 2013

An annual prize, named after Professor Peter Higgs, is being launched by Scotland’s First Minister to offer outstanding young physicists the chance to win a trip to CERN and see the cutting-edge of international physics.

Scottish First Minister Alex Slamond (left) and Professor Peter Higgs at the First Minister's official residence
Credit: Scottish Government

The new prize will be launched by First Minister Alex Salmond and Professor Peter Higgs at a reception at the First Minister’s official residence today, Tuesday 5 February.

The Institute of Physics in Scotland (IOP) has been asked by the Scottish Government to help establish the best way to identify Scotland’s most promising young physicists.

Professor Sir Peter Knight, President of IOP, said, “We’re delighted that the Government intends to introduce this prize. With £8.5 billion of the Scottish economy created by physics-based businesses, the prize is recognition of the vital importance of the subject.”

Speaking about the prize, Scotland’s First Minister said, “Scottish science in all its forms is going from strength to strength, building on our proud history of scientific discovery – the achievements of Lister, Kelvin, Macadam and many, many others whom every Scot knows of and is proud of.

“Today, Professor Higgs is a household name who is known the world over.  His work is celebrated internationally and Scotland is very proud of him.”

“The Higgs Prize will be an opportunity for some of Scotland’s brightest young school physicists to see for themselves the cutting-edge of international physics at CERN.  I’m delighted that Professor Higgs’ achievements will inspire future generations of Scots.”

He added, “Our scientific expertise earns Scotland billions of pounds in exports from around the world, supports around 170,000 jobs and has scientists from Germany to Japan, India to Australia, clamouring to work with our experts in fields such as particle physics, animal health, drug discovery, computer science and biomedical and health informatics.”

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