Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Prof Is a Noble Nobel Laureate

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Prof Is a Noble Nobel Laureate

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WHEN it comes to taking a bow and its associated applause, there are no wilting flowers among the kiddiwink contingent at Telfer Towers.

I've been demanding clappy hands and in-stereo cheers for every little milestone (and repeat thereof) for as long as I've been holding up my head unaided.

Meanwhile Big Bro Fred's determination to come out on top - and take the glory which goes with it - is showing no signs of abaiting. This week he did nothing to hide his unabashed glee at pipping the birthday boy to the treasure hunt spoils. At his own party.

Better that than him living his life unable to stomach praise, I suppose, but I have to say I'm coming around to the idea that it's actually cooler to reside out of the limelight with a broad smile than to bask in it while doing a triumphant conga.

My stance-change on this subject came courtesy of a certain Professor Peter Higgs' wonderful reaction to the news he had been jointly awarded the highest of fizzics prizes (previous winners presumably include the sweetie giants that are cola bottles and space dust) for some work he did back in the olden days.

Having presumably been tipped the wink that he was a likely candidate for the prize they call Nobel, the Newcastle-born Prof made sure he was on an uncontactable holiday when the news broke, opting instead to leave a suitably noble statement he made earlier.

"I am overwhelmed to receive this award and thank the Royal Swedish Academy," he said.

"I would also like to congratulate all those who have contributed to the discovery of this new particle and to thank my family, friends and colleagues for their support.

"I hope this recognition of fundamental science will help raise awareness of the value of blue-sky research."

Well said, sir. And may I offer my congratulations too. The Academy said they'd awarded the prize for "the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the Atlas and CMS experiments at Cern's Large Hadron Collider". …

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