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I wouldn’t get an academic job today, says Higgs

UK physicist Peter Higgs, who won the Nobel prize for physics this year, has said in an interview with The Guardian that he would not be “productive” enough for today’s academic world.

Speaking to the newspaper on his way to Stockholm to receive the prize, he said: “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.”

Talking about the discomfort he felt with academic culture when he retired in 1996, he said: “Today I wouldn’t get an academic job. It’s as simple as that. I don’t think I would be regarded as productive enough."

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