Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system

Christopher Allan Webber at 2016-10-17T00:33:34Z

"It's difficult to imagine how I would ever have enough peace and quiet in the present sort of climate to do what I did in 1964."

Interesting article. In fact:

Speaking to the Guardian en route to Stockholm to receive the 2013 Nobel prize for science, Higgs, 84, said he would almost certainly have been sacked had he not been nominated for the Nobel in 1980.

Edinburgh University's authorities then took the view, he later learned, that he "might get a Nobel prize – and if he doesn't we can always get rid of him".

Higgs said he became "an embarrassment to the department when they did research assessment exercises". A message would go around the department saying: "Please give a list of your recent publications." Higgs said: "I would send back a statement: 'None.' "

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