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.

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

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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.

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