Peter Higgs, the physicist who proposed the existence of the “God particle,” dies

London – The Nobel-winning physicist Peter Higgswho proposed the existence of the “God particle”which would help explain how matter was formed after the big Bangdied at the age of 94, the Edinburgh University.

The university, where Higgs was professor emeritus, said he died Monday “peacefully at home after a brief illness.”

Higgs predicted the existence of a new particle, the so-called Higgs boson, in 1964. But it would be almost 50 years before the existence of said particle could be confirmed thanks to the Large Hadron Collider.

The Higgs theory referred to how subatomic particles, which are the constituent elements of matter, obtain their mass. This theoretical understanding is a central part of the so-called Standard Model, which describes the physics of the way the world is built.