SCIENTISTS around the world were last week excited by the announcement that the so-called ‘God Particle’ had been discovered - but a local man played his part in the work leading up to the groundbreaking moment.
Here in Boston it was exciting in more ways than one for many, as it was a former Grammar School old boy who was behind a huge breakthrough leading to the discovery.
Victor Emery, who also attended Staniland Primary School, was responsible for the theory behind a crucial development which allowed the Large Hadron Collider to be constructed – this was built with the sole intention of finding the God Particle, also known as the Higgs Boson Particle.
Through his work at the University of California and later he made a string of discoveries and predictions which led to the use of superconducting magnets in the Large Hadron Collider, which operates in Switzerland.
Mr Emery’s research has been the starting point for many analyses in the future, and has led to prize-winning research from other eminent scientists. His former schoolmate, Boston Borough councilor Paul Mould said that without it, the work which led to the discovery of the all-important God Particle would not have happened.
He went on to become a member of the American Academy of Arts and Scientists, joining names such as Benjamin Franklin, Woody Allen and Albert Einstein on the rolls of honour.
The particle’s discovery is vital for physicists, as it plugs a gap in the model which the scientists believe describes all the interactions which make up the universe.
Victor died aged 69 in 2002.