“I am overwhelmed to receive this award and thank the Royal Swedish Academy. I would also like to congratulate all those who have contributed to the discovery of this new particle and to thank my family, friends and colleagues for their support. I hope this recognition of fundamental science will help raise awareness of the value of blue-sky research.”—
Professor Peter Higgs on receiving the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for his “theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles”.
I’ve seen him on the street maybe half a dozen times never asking for his portrait. If only I would see him today, I would most certainly ask.