Friday, October 11, 2013 10:02 am
Nobel winner learned of prize on the street
The Associated Press
Higgs says he was walking down the street in Edinburgh when a former neighbor got out of her car to congratulate him on the news.
"I said, `Oh, what news?'" Higgs told reporters on Friday.
The Nobel couldn't have come as a complete surprise. Higgs was widely tipped to win the prize after his theory about how subatomic particles get their mass was proven right by experiments at CERN, a giant particle accelerator on the Franco-Swiss border.
Higgs, speaking at a press conference in the Scottish capital, stressed that other theorists were also involved in the discovery.