Professor Peter Higgs Awarded Royal Commission Medal for outstanding influence on science

London, 29th March 2017 – Professor Peter Ware Higgs CH FRS FRSE, the British physicist who predicted the discovery of the Higgs boson particle, has been awarded the 1851 Royal Commission Medal for his outstanding influence on science.

The Medal was presented to Professor Higgs by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, President of the Commission, at its biennial Presidential Dinner at Armourers’ Hall on the 28th March. It is only the third time the Medal has been awarded since its introduction in 2006. The first was awarded to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on the fortieth anniversary of his Presidency. The second was presented to Sir Alan Rudge on his retirement as Chairman after eighteen years of service to the Commission. The Commissioners were unanimous in their decision to award the third to Professor Higgs.

The presentation of the Commission’s Medal comes almost 65 years after Professor Higgs was awarded a Research Fellowship from the Commission, in 1953. The Commission’s Research Fellowships are intended to give scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity for early independence with the objective of contributing to the knowledge base of UK institutions.

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“Peter’s work has had a huge impact on our understanding of the universe around us and his work has unlocked entire new fields of study that will continue to shed light on fundamental physics for years to come. Now, almost 65 years after he first embarked on his career through an 1851 Royal Commission Research Fellowship, it is a great pleasure for us to present our highest honour, the Commission’s Medal, to Professor Higgs, as an individual who embodies the spirit of scientific advancement that Prince Albert sought when founding the Commission.”

Bernard Taylor
Chairman of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851