New CCNY Science Dean Helped Discover Particle that Led to Nobel Prize

Dr. Tony Liss, CCNY’s new dean of science, helped discover the Higgs boson particle that earned two European physicists the 2013 Nobel Prize October 8.

Physicist and Higgs boson particle expert Tony Liss takes up his appointment October 15 as The City College of New York’s first Martin and Michele Cohen Dean of Science with some Nobel Prize luster on his resume. This after the 2013 winners in physics were announced in Stockholm October 8.

Belgium’s Francois Englert and Peter Higgs of Britain received the Nobel Prize in physics for their research into the Higgs boson particle.

They had theorized its existence in the 1960s to explain why matter has mass. But it wasn’t until 2012 that Dr. Liss and a team of experts at CERN, the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research, discovered the particle.

Dr. Liss described the experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider as “BIG science” involving thousand of researchers.

“The Nobel Prize has been appropriately awarded to the theorists who came up with the idea,” he said.

Click here to read his interview today on the Higgs boson particle.

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