In 1964 Professor Higgs was part of a team of scientists to describe a particle which came to be known as the Higgs Boson. The Higgs Boson is a result of an excitation in the Higgs field wherein a particle interacting with the field will acquire mass and is a fundamental part of an overall theory of particle physics. Earlier in the year the particle was confirmed to exist in an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN, Geneva, and with such a momentous discovery under his belt, Higgs looks to be top of the list to win the Nobel Prize in Physics this year.
When asked about his potential up-and-coming prize Higgs is often modest, pointing rather to the physicists at CERN who picked up on his work early enough to start developing an experiment to prove the particles existence. He is also keen to point out that he worked on a team of six scientists on the project and that Professor Englert who separately predicted the same particle may receive the award with him. A third scientist Professor Brout who also separately predicted the particle would have received the Nobel Prize as well had he not passed away in 2011; the Nobel Prize is not posthumously awarded.
We shall have to wait until the7th of October for the award to be given, but I personally believe he deserves it and that he will do well in recognising the others who participated in the non-singular discovery.