François Englert is a Belgian theoretical physicist and currently Professor emeritus at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), where he is also a member of the Service de Physique Théorique. A person of importance in the study of physics world-wide, he is also Sackler Professor by Special Appointment in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Tel Aviv University, Israel and a member of the Institute for Quantum Studies at Chapman University in California. Englert is the 2013 Nobel Prize laureate.
Englert received an electromechanical degree from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels, Belgium and his Ph.D. in Physics from ULB. He began his career in physics at Cornell University and later coheaded the theoretical physics group at ULB in Belgium. Englert proved, along with physicist Robert Brout, an important result in physics known collectively as the Brout–Englert–Higgs–Guralnik–Hagen–Kibble mechanism. The details of the mechanism are technical, but it is important to note that the result roughly coincides with the Higgs Boson result, and thus provides an important piece of the puzzle in our standard model of physics. For his work on this important problem and others, Englert received the J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics (with Gerry Guralnik, C. R. Hagen, Tom Kibble, Peter Higgs, and Robert Brout) in 2010. He won the Wolf Prize in Physics in 2004 (with Brout and Higgs) and the High Energy and Particle Prize of the European Physical Society (with Brout and Higgs) in 1997. As mentioned above, in 2013 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics along with Peter Higgs.
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