Nobel winner learned of prize on the street

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Britain's Professor Peter Higgs smiles, during a press conference, in Edinburgh, Scotland Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Nearly 50 years after they came up with the theory, but little more than a year since the world's biggest atom smasher delivered the proof, Professor Higgs and Belgian colleague Francois Englert won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for helping to explain how matter formed after the Big Bang. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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LONDON (AP) — It took a state-of-the-art accelerator to prove his theories right, but Nobel Prize winner Peter Higgs says he learned of his award in physics the old-fashioned way: Word on the street.

Higgs says he was walking down the street in Edinburgh when a former neighbor got out of her car to congratulate him on the news.

"I said, 'Oh, what news?'" Higgs told reporters on Friday.

The Nobel couldn't have come as a complete surprise. Higgs was widely tipped to win the prize after his theory about how subatomic particles get their mass was proven right by experiments at CERN, a giant particle accelerator on the Franco-Swiss border.

Higgs, speaking at a press conference in the Scottish capital, stressed that other theorists were also involved in the discovery.

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