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Peter Higgs at 90

Peter Higgs at 90

In 2019 Peter Higgs will celebrate his 90th birthday and we are planning a year of events to mark this. We are looking forward to a year of varied activities to honour Peter's legacy aiming to engage with scientists, current students, alumni and the wider public.

We have already held a public lecture by Nima Arkani-Hamed and the first "Beyond the Lab" workshop held at the Higgs Centre for Innovation. In March we held the Inaugural Higgs Lecture given by Prof. Gian Giudice entitled "From Higgs to the Cosmos". Tickets for the event sold out and the audience enjoyed a very engaging talk and discussion.

We held a competition to design a birthday card for Peter open to all children at primary school or nursery in Scotland. Entries were judged by Suzanne Higgs, Christoph Englert and Lily Asquith who had a really difficult choice to make. The names of the winners and their entries can be seen here.

A follow-up competition for secondary school pupils was opened to design a poster exploring the impact today of the work of Peter Higgs and four other landmark Scottish physicists. We have also posted a set of resources to all secondary schools in Scotland with accessible information about Scotland's role in recent major physics discoveries including a "From Maxwell to Higgs" leaflet, three issues of the James Clerk Maxwell newsletter and a fact sheet about the gravitational wave discovery in 2017.

Our main event of the year will be a day of celebration on Friday 20 Sept, 2019 where we will enjoy talks recalling the journey to the discovery of the Higgs boson and looking forward to future discoveries in particle physics. Registration is now closed.

This event is a Workshop.

Beyond the lab

A day of networking between leading researchers and industry This one-day event at the Higgs Centre for Innovation will drive collaboration between academia and industry and promote the talent pool at the University of Edinburgh. This one-day event at the Higgs Centre for Innovation will drive collaboration between academia and ...
  • The Higgs Centre for Innovation

This event is a Outreach Event.

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Higgs Lecture: From Higgs to the Cosmos: a Journey in the Particle World

Prof. Gian Giudice (CERN) will give the inaugural Higgs lecture. Abstract: After the success of the Higgs boson discovery, particle physicists are still trying to unveil the many mysteries related to this enigmatic particle. From its role in the world of particle physics to its unexpected connections with the evolution ...
50 George Square, Edinburgh

This event is a Outreach Event.

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Peter Higgs' 90th Birthday Card Competition

We were delighted to receive hundreds of entries to our birthday card competition from schools all over Scotland. Our judging panel was Suzanne Higgs, Christoph Englert and Lily Asquith who thoroughly enjoyed going through all the entries - it was a very difficult decision. The winning cards were presented to Prof ...

This event is a Workshop.

Peter Higgs' 90th Birthday Celebration

We will celebrate Peter Higgs' 90th birthday with an afternoon of talks looking back to the journey to the discovery of the Higgs boson and looking forward to future discoveries in particle physics. The talks will be given by: Lyn Evans (CERN) Chiara Mariotti (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Torino ...
  • Playfair Library, University of Edinburgh

This event is a Outreach Event.

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Peter Higgs Poster Competition

Secondary school pupils across Scotland are invited to design a large poster that can be submitted digitally. The competition will close on Friday 6 December. The winners will be announced on Friday 20 December. We wish to raise the awareness amongst school pupils in particular of the contributions made in ...