Edinburgh to get new Peter Higgs science centre

Peter Higgs. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Peter Higgs. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

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A NEW science centre is to be created at Edinburgh University named after Nobel Prize winner Sir Peter Higgs, who discovered the Higgs-boson particle.

Chancellor Goerge announced the move in his Autumn Statement in the Commons.

The Higgs Centre for Innovation will provide a dedicated forum to link scientific and engineering expertise with industry leaders.

It has been awarded capital investment of £10.7million to create a world-leading facility for inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers through providing start-up business support and opportunities for new partnerships.

It will be based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC), on the Royal Observatory Edinburgh campus.

Professor Higgs said: “This support from the Treasury and the STFC will create an environment in which future generations of scientists from around the world can share and develop ideas in theoretical physics.”