Physicist Peter Higgs Biography: Death, Interview, God Particle, Education, Book, Awards, Quotes & Net Worth

Peter Ware Higgs was a Nobel Prize-winning British theoretical physicist, widely known for discovering the Higgs boson in 2012. Peter Higgs passed away on 8 April 2024 but left a great scientific legacy behind. This article will cover Physicist Peter Higgs Biography: Death, Interview, God Particle, Education, Book, Awards, Quotes & Net Worth.

Basic Biography/WikiInformation
Full namePeter Ware Higgs
Born / Date of birth29 May 1929
Date of Death8 April 2024
Age (at the time of Death)94
Cause of DeathShort illness
Place of DeathEdinburgh, Scotland
Profession or Career fieldTheoretical physicist
Famous forHis prediction of the Higgs boson

Early life: Parents, Siblings

Birthplace Elswick district of Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Nickname or Popular NamePeter Higgs
Father NameThomas Ware Higgs
Mother NameGertrude Maude née Coghill
Brother Name
Sister Name
Zodiac sign or Sun SignGemini
HometownNewcastle upon Tyne, England
Last Residence / Address
Mother tongue / LanguageEnglish
Food Habits and Choices
Hobbies and interests

Physical Appearance: Height, Weight & Measurements

Peter Higgs old picture
Peter Higgs’ old picture
Physical stats & moreValues
Height (approx)in centimetres – 172 cm
in feet and inches – 5.64 feet
in metres – 1.72 m
Hair colourWhite
Eye colourBrown

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Peter Higgs Education Background: Qualifications

School– Cotham Grammar School, Bristol (1941 – 1946)
– City of London School
College/UniversityKing’s College London
Educational Qualification/Degree– Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Physics (1950)
– Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree (1952)
– Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree (1954)

Peter Higgs has also received several honorary degrees from many institutions. These degrees are as follows:

2016Doctor of Science (ScD)Trinity College Dublin
2015Doctor of Science (DSc)University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2015Doctor of Science (DSc)Queen’s University Belfast
2014Doctor of Science (DSc)The Free University of Brussels (ULB)
2014Doctor of Science (DSc)The University of St Andrews
2013Doctor of Science (DSc)The University of Durham
2013Doctor of Science (DSc)The University of Manchester
2013Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)SISSA, Trieste
2012Doctor of Science (DSc)Heriot-Watt University
2012Doctor of Science (ScD)The University of Cambridge
2010Doctor of Science (DSc)University College London
2009Doctor of Science (DSc)King’s College London
2008Doctor of Science (DSc)Swansea University
2002Doctor of Science (DSc)The University of Glasgow
1998Doctor of Science (DSc)The University of Edinburgh
1997Doctor of Science (DSc)The University of Bristol

Personal life: Peter Higgs Wife, Family, Marriage

Marital statusDivorced
Spouse (Wife)Jody Williamson (m. 1963; div. 1972)
Past Relationship, affair (boyfriend or girlfriend)Jody Williamson (Past wife)
Number of Children2 (Two sons)
SonsChristopher (computer scientist), Jonny (jazz musician)

Physicist Peter Higgs Death

At age 94, Peter Higgs died on 8 April 2024 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The cause of his death was a short illness that took his life in his home in Edinburgh.

Professional Career

Years Active1954 – 2024
Peter Higgs Interview

Peter Higgs Book

Writer Frank Close wrote the book about Peter Higgs and his discovery in his book Elusive: How Peter Higgs Solved the Mystery of Mass.

4 July 2012 was the day when it was announced that one of the longest-running physics mysteries had been solved. It was the Higgs boson. Furthermore, it examined the reasons as to why particles have mass. Higgs boson is named after Peter Higgs. The author wrote this book from his years of conversations with Peter Higgs and other experts in the field of physics.

Political or Social work

Company or Institution for Social Causes
Political Party affiliation or leaning

Lifestyle: Peter Higgs Net Worth, Status, Money

Peter Higgs’ Net Worth is not mentioned on any official source or credible new portal. So it’s hard to guess his exact net worth.

Net Worth (approx)Unknown

House, Bike, and Car Collection

House or other propertiesA house in Edinburgh, Scotland

Awards, Nominations, and Honour

Year / DateAwardInstitution
8 October 2013Nobel Prize in PhysicsThe Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden
2011Edinburgh AwardCity of Edinburgh Council
24 February 2012Awarded “loving cup”The Rt Hon George Grubb, Lord Provost of Edinburgh
July 2013Freedom of the CityBristol City
April 2014Freedom of the City of Newcastle upon TyneCity of Newcastle upon Tyne
2012Membership of the Order of the Companions of HonourBritish Government
  • A brass plaque was installed on the Newcastle Quayside in his honour. It was installed as part of the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative Local Heroes Walk of Fame.
  • Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics: Edinburgh University announced a new centre named after Professor Peter Higgs on 6 July 2012 to advance the research in theoretical physics. It was given the name of The Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics. Its purpose was to bring together scientists from all over the world and to seek a “deeper understanding of the workings of the universe”. Currently, this centre can be found within the James Clerk Maxwell Building. It is the home of the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy and the iGEM 2015 team (ClassAfiED).
  • Edinburgh University has also established a chair of theoretical physics in Peter’s name.

Likes, Preferences, and Favourites

Music and Songs

Less-known facts about Peter Higgs

  • Peter Higgs didn’t know he had won a Nobel Prize until his former neighbour congratulated him on the street.
  • Higgs did not own a mobile phone at all.

Social media accounts

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Who founded the God particle?

Peter Higgs is a physicist known for predicting the Higgs boson. He is the one who discovered the existence of “God particle”.

Was Peter Higgs Religious?

No, Peter Higgs was not religious at all. He explained it once that he was an atheist.

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