News Picks : Two scientists knighted for role in Higgs particle discovery
BBC: Tom Kibble and Tejinder Jim Virdee, both of Imperial College London, have been granted knighthoods as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honors. In the 1960s, Kibble was one of the six scientists who contributed to the theories that predicted the particle that came to be known as the Higgs boson (after Peter Higgs, one of the other predictors). Although Higgs and François Englert were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2013, Kibble and the two other living theorists were not included in the award. Virdee helped develop the idea for and oversaw the construction of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector, one of the two detectors in the Large Hadron Collider used to confirm the Higgs boson’s existence.