EDINBURGH, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- The co-winner of 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics Peter Higgs on Friday stressed that many people and organization contributed to the theory of the Higgs boson particle apart from his early postulation in 1964.
Higgs made the remarks while answering questions from Xinhua on whether CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, should also win the Prize for its confirmation of the existence of the particle at a press conference at the Old College of the University of Edinburgh.
The Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday was awarded jointly to Higgs and Francois Englert from Belgium for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to the understanding of the origin of mass subatomic particles, which was first postulated in 1964 and recently confirmed by CERN scientists.
Higgs noted that he clearly thought CERN should also win the prize, but it was going to be even more difficult for the Nobel Committee to allocate the credit when it comes to an organization like CERN.
Although only Englert and Higgs shared the Prize, the 84-years-old Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics from the University of Edinburgh stressed that the work in 1964 involved three groups of people, including two in Brussels.
He also expressed regret to Robert Brout, Englert's colleague who died a few years ago and would certainly have been one of the winners if he had still been alive.
Higgs insisted that his contribution to the theory actually should be "part of a theoretical program which had been started in 1960."
At the Edinburgh International Festival of Science on March 23 to April 7 this year, Higgs and CERN was awarded the Edinburgh Medal for their work in proving the existence of the Higgs Boson.
Higgs also encouraged the young generation of students to learn more about physics and mathematics apart from computers, while broadly following their aspiration to explore new theories.
Higgs, who does not own a mobile phone, said he learnt the news of winning the Prize from a female neighbor whose daughter in London said Higgs had won the award, while Higgs himself was returning from lunch in Leith, a district to the north of Edinburgh.
"I'm delighted and rather relieved in a sense that it's all over. It has been a long time coming." Higgs added.
Higgs also noted that he had no future plan for the Nobel Prize cash award, joking perhaps "trip abroad."
The Nobel Prize in physics is considered by many to be the most prestigious award of its kind, and comes with an 8-million Swedish kronor (about 1.25 million U.S. dollars) cash award.