Peter Higgs

Peter Higgs, who predicted the existence of the Higgs boson, gave one of his first seminars on the topic at the Institute in 1966, at the invitation of Freeman Dyson.

I gave a copy of the preprint of my paper to Robert Oppenheimer, who, as Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, was my host. A week later I met him at an Eastern Physics Meeting at the University of Maryland, my home institution. When I asked him if he had read my paper, he replied, “Greenberg, it’s beautiful!” I was elated. After a pause, he completed his assessment of my paper by saying, “But I don’t believe a word of it!”