A Nobel Prize-winning scientist, whose work “paved the way” for the landmark discovery of the Higgs boson (AKA, the “God particle”), has finally been honoured with a blue plaque at his home of almost four decades.
Abdus Salam, who passed away in 1996, was a hugely influential physicist. Not only was he responsible for the creation of Imperial College’s world-class theoretical physics department, his contribution to the electroweak unification theory of particle physics — Encyclopedia Britannica has a good primer here — netted him and his colleagues the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physics. This theory laid the groundwork for the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012, the subatomic particle responsible for giving mass to other particles.
Salam’s work laid the groundwork for the discovery of the Higgs boson, which was discovered at the Large Hadron Collider (pictured) in 2012. Image © Maximilien Brice, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Common
Born in a region of western Punjab that is now part of Pakistan, Salam moved to the UK to …read more at londonist.com
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