PETER Higgs learned he had won the Nobel Prize in Physics when a woman stopped her car in the street to congratulate him.
The retired theoretical physicist had been enjoying lunch at an Edinburgh restaurant when it was announced that he had been awarded the prize.
With no mobile telephone, he was unaware he had won until he was on his way back to his home in the city.
Prof Higgs, who predicted the discovery of a new particle now known as the Higgs boson, said yesterday, "A former neighbour. . .congratulated me on the news. I said, 'What news?' and she told me that her daughter had phoned (to tell her) I had got this prize."
The Nobel Prize Committee had tried to contact Prof Higgs on Tuesday to tell him he'd won the prize. Instead, it had to go ahead with the announcement without being able to tell him.
Prof Higgs shared the prize with Prof Francois Englert for their part in proposing a mechanism that explains how particles in the universe have mass. (© Daily Telegraph, London)