The particle has been dubbed the “G-d particle,” as it is allegedly responsible for giving matter mass and holding particles together.
Among the Israeli scientists who contributed to the discovery is Eilam Gross of the Weizmann Institute, who organized one of the two experiments that yielded the exciting new results, according to the Chronicle.
“When I walk around now and see the trees, I feel better connected to nature,” Gross said in an interview from Geneva moments before the Wednesday press conference announcing the find, the Chronicle reported.
Gross was involved in research operations at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) since 1987. He told the Chronicle that investigations leading to the discovery of the Boson began in November 2011.
The Higgs Boson has been hailed as a scientific achievement on par with the American landing of the moon. It is a particle named after Peter Higgs, a University of Edinburgh physicist who was among six scientists to have posited the existence of the Boson in 1964.
In Geneva last Wednesday, CERN Director-General Rolf-Dieter Heuer announced the groundbreaking findings.
“We have a discovery. We should state it,” he said, according to the Jerusalem Post. “We have a discovery! We have observed a new particle consistent with a Higgs boson.”
Though it has yet to be confirmed if the particle is precisely the one scientists have been yearning for—the one that will complete the “Standard Model”—either way, the latest discovery is expected to generate paradigmatic shifts in theoretical physics.
Scientists from The Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, and Technion-The Israel Institute of Technology also contributed to the discovery.