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Peter Higgs receives Spanish honour
8:19pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
Scientists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert, and the European Cern laboratory, have received Spain's Prince of Asturias awards from Prince Felipe at a ceremony in northern Spain.
The 84-year-old - who was born in Newcastle - has also won the Nobel Prize in physics with Mr Englert, 80, for helping explain how matter formed after the Big Bang, when scientists believe the universe as we see it began.
Cern, on the Franco-Swiss border, is where Edinburgh-based Prof Higgs' theory about how subatomic particles get their mass was proven right by experiments using the Large Hadron Collider, the world's highest-energy particle accelerator.
In June, Prof Higgs was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Durham University, in recognition of his landmark research.
Other prize recipients today included American photographer Annie Leibovitz, Spanish golfer Jose Maria Olazabal, Austrian film director and screenwriter Michael Haneke and Dutch-American sociologist Saskia Sassen.
The awards, created in 1981, are each worth 50,000 euro
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