Université Libre de Bruxelles
Service de Physique Théorique, CP225
Professor Robert Brout, in collaboration with Professors Francois Englert and Peter W. Higgs, has discovered how mass can be generated for gauge particles in the presence of a local abelian and non-abelian gauge symmetry. This was demonstrated by them, both classically and quantum mechanically, successfully avoiding theorems initiated by J. Goldstone while indication that the theory would remain well defined (renormalizable). Similar ideas have been developed in the domain of condensed matter physics.
1977 Gravity Research Foundation 1st Award
2004 Wolf Foundation Prize in Physics, with Francois Englert and Peter W. Higgs "for pioneering work that has led to the insight of mass generation, whenever a local gauge symmetry is realized asymmetrically in the world of sub-atomic particles".