Freya Blekman (Recipient)

Breakthrough of the Year 2012

No recent scientific advance has generated more hoopla than this one. On 4 July, researchers working with the world's biggest atom smasher—the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland—announced that they had spotted a particle that appears to be the long-sought Higgs boson, the last missing piece in physicists' standard model of fundamental particles and forces. The seminar at which the results were presented turned into a media circus, and the news captured the imagination of people around the world. “[H]appy ‘god particle’ day,” tweeted will.i.am, the singer for pop group The Black Eyed Peas, to his 4 million Twitter followers.
Awarded date21 Dec 2012
Degree of recognitionInternational

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