A University of Wisconsin-Madison professor who aided in the discovery of the Higgs boson, known as the “God particle,” will give a lecture about the discovery on campus Thursday.
Sau Lan Wu, a UW-Madison physics professor since 1977, spent two decades looking for the “God particle,” formally known as the Higgs boson, which scientists theorize gives mass to other particles. Peter Higgs initially hypothesized the particle’s existence over 50 years ago.
Wu led a team of UW-Madison researchers who contributed to the creation and operation of the Large Hadron Collider, the machine used to discover the particle. The collider is worth an estimated $10 billion.
The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held in the H.F. Deluca Forum room of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery at 4 p.m.