Died Nobel laureate who invented the "piece of God"

Mindy Sparks
October 6, 2018

"It's awful", Leon's wife Ellen Lederman told NBC News back in 2015 after they had to sell the Nobel Prize.

His work was in subatomic particles.

Other Nobel prizes have been sold posthumously by the families of deceased Nobel Prize winners.

Some scientists take issue with the name "God particle" as sensationalistic, but it's officially part of the worldwide lexicon now, so there's no changing it. Lederman had a knack for helping the public better understand science, and the complexity of the Higgs boson was no different.

Lederman, who died at 96 on Wednesday, was known for his work with subatomic particles.


Dr. Lederman had played an important role in discovering two subatomic particles, a neutrino and a quark which greatly increased scientists' knowledge of the composition of matter. For the discovery of Higgs boson, François Ingelert and Peter Higgs were also awarded the Nobel Prize.

Lederman died at a nursing home in the Idaho town of Rexburg, said Ellen Carr Lederman, his wife of 37 years.

Leon Lederman, from Russian-Jewish immigrant parents in the US, had fought in the Second World War with the US Army in France, had taken his Ph.D. from Columbia University in NY in 1951 and was distinguished for both his humor and his ability to express physics and make it accessible to young people.

At the age of 96, the American Leon Lederman, who invented the nectarine "God's Particle" for the Higgs boson, finally discovered at CERN in 2012, passed away. Vox noted that the average cost of a private room in a nursing home is $7,698 a month.

"What he really loved was people, trying to educate them and help them understand what they were doing in science", Ellen said of her husband. Follow INSIDER on Facebook.

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