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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

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