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Peter Higgs did not know he had won Nobel Prize
彼德‧希格斯渾然不知得了諾貝爾獎

British physicist Peter Higgs is pictured at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland on July 4 last year.
去年七月四日英國物理學家彼德‧希格斯攝於瑞士日內瓦近郊梅蘭歐洲核研究組織。

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Nobel Prize-winning scientist Peter Higgs has revealed he did not know he had won the award until a woman congratulated him in the street.

Higgs, who does not own a mobile phone, said a former neighbor had pulled up in her car as he was returning from lunch in Edinburgh.

“She congratulated me on the news and I said ‘oh, what news?’,” he added.

The woman had been alerted by her daughter in London that Higgs had won the award, he revealed.

The 84-year-old emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh was recognized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for his work on the theory of the particle which shares his name, the Higgs boson.

He shares this year’s physics prize with Francois Englert of Belgium, and joins the ranks of past Nobel winners including Marie Curie and Albert Einstein.

Speaking for the first time about the award at a media conference at the University of Edinburgh, he said, “How do I feel? Well, obviously I’m delighted and rather relieved in a sense that it’s all over. It has been a long time coming.”

(Liberty Times)

贏得諾貝爾獎的科學家彼德‧希格斯教授透露,直到在街上遇到一名婦人恭喜他之前,他都不知道自己獲頒這個獎項。

沒有手機的希格斯說,他在愛丁堡吃完午餐返家途中,一名以前的鄰居停下車來。

他接著說:「她恭喜我得獎的新聞,然後我說『喔,什麼新聞?』」

這名婦人是由她在倫敦的女兒告知,希格斯教授獲得諾貝爾獎,他透露。

這名八十四歲的愛丁堡大學名譽教授因為在以他命名的希格斯粒子的理論研究,獲得瑞典皇家科學院肯定。

他與比利時的弗朗索瓦.恩格勒共同獲得今年的物理獎,與過去的諾貝爾獎得主如瑪麗.居禮和亞伯特.愛因斯坦等人齊名。

他在愛丁堡大學的記者會上首度談到獲獎,他說:「我的感覺怎麼樣?這個,我當然很高興,也覺得總算結束了,就這方面來說是鬆了一口氣。這個獎等了好久才來。」

(自由時報/翻譯:管淑平)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. congratulate v.

恭喜 (gong1 xi3)

例: We’re going to throw a party to congratulate him on his promotion.

(我們要開派對恭喜他升遷。)

2. pull up v. phr.

停車;停下來 (ting2 che1; ting2 xia4 lai2)

例: Please pull up in front of the main gate.

(請在大門前停車。)

3. join the ranks v. phr.

成為一個群體的一部分 (cheng2 wei2 qun2 ti3 de5 yi2 bu4 fen4)

例: This tiny island country has joined the ranks of the developed nations.

(這個小島國加入已開發國家之林。)


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