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CMS was designed by Prof Tejinder Jim Virdee, also of Imperial.

Prof Tom Kibble of Imperial College London was one of six researchers whose work in the 1960s led to the eventual discovery of the Higgs.

The elusive particle was finally detected in 2012 at Cern by two giant experiments - Atlas and CMS.

CMS was designed by Prof Tejinder Jim Virdee, also of Imperial.


The work we do at Cern really started in the 1960s with the seminal papers authored by Tom Kibble”

Prof Tejinder Jim Virdee Imperial College London

He originated the concept of CMS in 1990 with four colleagues, oversaw its construction, and acted as spokesman for the experiment when it first began taking data in 2006-10.

Prof Virdee developed new technologies within the detector that ultimately allowed it to find the Higgs - the mechanism which explains how sub-atomic particles came to have substance, or mass.
'Over the Moon'

Both he and Prof Kibble become knights. They are joined by other distinguished scientists including Prof John Bernard Pethica of the National Physical Laboratory, and Prof Colin Blakemore of the University of London, former head of the Medical Research Council.

Prof Jessica Corner, dean of health sciences at the University of Southampton, is made a dame.
Jim Virdee Prof Virdee is one of the "founding fathers" of the CMS detector which found the Higgs boson

The timing of Prof Kibble's award is particularly poignant - after he was controversially overlooked for the Nobel Prize in Physics last year.

The Nobel Committee chose to honour Peter Higgs and Francois Englert, but not the other three living physicists who first developed the theory - Gerald Guralnik, Carl Hagen and Tom Kibble.

Peter Higgs himself said that Kibble was "the obvious candidate" to be the third scientist honoured by the Nobel Committee, whose rules permit no more than three recipients per gong.

"I really rather hoped before the announcement that they would make the number up to three," Prof Higgs told BBC News.
publié le jeudi 19 juin à 08:08, aucun commentaire.

The former Preston North End and England footballer Sir Tom Finney has died, aged 91.

The former Preston North End and England footballer Sir Tom Finney has died, aged 91. The forward played for the Lancashire club 433 times between 1946 and 1960, scoring 187 goals. He also made 76 appearances for England, scoring 30 times, which leaves him at joint sixth in the all-time goalscoring charts.

Despite his reputation as one of the greatest players of his age, domestic success eluded him. He finished as a league runner-up in the Football League Division One in 1953 and again five years later. He was also on the losing side in the FA Cup final in 1954.

Finney was the subject of one of the most famous football pictures in history, called "The Splash", which showed him beating two defenders in sodden conditions at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground in 1956. The image was also made into a statue, which stands outside Deepdale in Preston, the ground with which he became so closely identified.
Soccer - Sir Tom Finney splash Preston North End's Tom Finney splashes through a puddle on 25 August 1956. Photograph: John Horton/PA

Former Leicester, Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Gary Lineker paid tribute on Twitter: "Sir Tom Finney has left us. One of the greatest players this country has ever seen, and a true gentleman."

Peter Reid, who played for Everton and managed Sunderland, wrote: "Sir Tom Finney, gentleman. Proper footballer."

A Preston North End statement read: "Preston North End have been informed of the extremely sad news of the passing of Sir Tom Finney. Sir Tom was the greatest player to ever play for Preston North End and one of the all time greats for England.

"The thoughts of everyone at the Club, and those connected with it, are with his family at this time."

After his playing career finished, Finney became president of Preston North End. He was born near Deepdale in 1922 and remained in the Preston area. He was incredibly popular with the city's people, appearing regularly at local events into his old age.

Finney was nicknamed the "Preston Plumber" after completing an apprenticeship with his family's plumbing business. He was knighted in the 1998 Queen's New Year Honours list.

Preston's Deepdale stadium is currently located on Sir Tom Finney Way and the ground's old West Stand was renamed the Sir Tom Finney Stand in 1995, with his image on its seats

Before he died, former team-mate Bill Shankly, who himself made 297 appearances with Preston North End before going on to enjoy huge success as Liverpool manager, said that, if pressed, he would say Sir Tom was "the best player ever born".
publié le samedi 15 février à 07:39, aucun commentaire.

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