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Visiting SoCal Professor Wins Nobel Prize For ‘God Particle’ Discovery

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Belgian theoretical physicist Francois Englert delivers a speech during a visit to the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Meyrin, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, on June 4, 2013. AFP PHOTO / BELGA / ERIC LALMAND        (Photo credit should read ERIC LALMAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Belgian theoretical physicist Francois Englert delivers a speech during a visit to the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Meyrin, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, on June 4, 2013. AFP PHOTO / BELGA / ERIC LALMAND (Photo credit should read ERIC LALMAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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textalerts180 Visiting SoCal Professor Wins Nobel Prize For God Particle Discovery

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A visiting professor to Southern California has won the Nobel Prize for his role in discovering the so-called “God Particle”.

Francois Englert was awarded the prize Tuesday in physics along with Peter Higgs.

Englert is currently working at Chapman University’s Institute for Quantum Studies.

The two scientists were cited for their theoretical discoveries on how sub-atomic particles get mass.

The pair first spoke publicly about the tiny particle in the 1960s, but their theory wasn’t confirmed until last year.

The “God Particle” is considered key to explaining the origins of the universe.

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