“God Particle” Physicist Leon Lederman Dies At Age 96, Was Forced To Sell His Nobel Prize To Pay Medical Bills

The Associated Press reports:

Leon Lederman, an experimental physicist who won a Nobel Prize in physics for his work on subatomic particles and coined the phrase “God particle,” died Wednesday at 96.

Lederman directed the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago from 1978 to 1989. He’s described as a giant in his field who also had a passion for sharing science, resulting in his book, “The God Particle.”

The title refers to a subatomic particle called the Higgs boson, long theorized until a powerful European particle collider confirmed its existence. His Nobel Prize sold for $765,000 in an auction in 2015 to help pay for medical bills.