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But who gets the Nobel Prize for the Higgs boson? Cat fight breaks out

 
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07/05/2012 12:42 AM
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But who gets the Nobel Prize for the Higgs boson? Cat fight breaks out
The discovery - or near discovery - of the Higgs boson, will see someone win a Nobel prize, but deciding who deserves credit for the work is a minefield. Traditionally, the science Nobel prizes are given to a maximum of three people, whose contributions are judged to be the most important.

So there are at least five living physicists who can lay claim to the Nobel prize. If the particle discovered at Cern is confirmed to be the Higgs boson, then Higgs is certain to be honoured. That leaves four physicists competing for two places. Englert published first, and would be hard to dismiss. That leaves one place.

Rows over who deserves credit have already broken out. In 2010, the US physicists complained when the organisers of a conference in Paris on the Higgs particle credited only Higgs, Englert and Brout for the theory.

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07/05/2012 12:57 AM
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Re: But who gets the Nobel Prize for the Higgs boson? Cat fight breaks out
Rock, paper, scissors.
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07/05/2012 01:12 PM
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Re: But who gets the Nobel Prize for the Higgs boson? Cat fight breaks out
Higgs should certainly get a Nobel for having his theory proven correct. The CERN people who actually made the discovery should get Nobel prizes too.

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