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Physics pioneer Peter Higgs dies at 94

Renowned scientist's theory on elusive particle transformed modern physics

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Physicist Peter Higgs, whose theory on the existence of an elusive particle reshaped modern physics, has died at 94, the University of Edinburgh announced Tuesday.

Higgs' groundbreaking theory, proposed five decades ago, gained widespread recognition with the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012 at the CERN research center. This discovery, hailed as a major advancement in cosmology, confirmed Higgs' predictions and provided crucial insights into the fundamental nature of the universe.

The elucidation of the Higgs boson, also known as the "God particle," was a result of collaborative efforts by scientists at CERN and Fermilab over several decades. Its discovery completed the Standard Model of particle physics, laying the foundation for further exploration into the mysteries of the cosmos.

Higgs, known for his modesty and reluctance for media attention, expressed satisfaction at being vindicated after nearly five decades since proposing his theory. Despite initial skepticism from the scientific community, Higgs persevered, ultimately receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2013 for his groundbreaking contribution.

Throughout his life, Higgs remained dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge while maintaining strong convictions on ethical issues in science. He leaves behind a lasting legacy as one of the most influential figures in modern physics, forever remembered for his profound impact on our understanding of the universe.

[Source: CNN]

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