The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 has been awarded to François Englert, Professor emeritus of the Université libre de Bruxelles and to Pr Peter Higgs, University of Edinburgh.
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The ULB is extremely happy and proud of this Nobel Prize - the first Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to a Belgian.
It rewards the great inspiration and theoretical work which led in 1964 to François Englert and ✝ Robert Brout, as well as Peter Higgs, predicting the existence of a new elementary particle explaining the origin of the mass of all elementary particles in the universe.
The boson was first observed in 2012 in CERN's LHC, the Large Hadron Collider. The ULB is additionally proud of its experimental teams and their very active involvement in the research conducted at CERN.
Today, the ULB remembers Robert Brout, who passed away in 2011 and who worked so closely with François Englert on the exciting research now rewarded by the Nobel Prize.
Looking beyond these exceptional personalities, these successes are to be attributed to the ULB's deep-going attachment to research freedom, as well as its exceptional international openness, admirably evidenced by Robert Brout, a ULB professor originally coming from Cornell University or by the fact that some 45% of our PhD students come from abroad.