Albert De Roeck
Neutrino group leader
CERN, Switzerland

I was the Higgs convener when the Higgs was discovered, meaning I was one of the first people that saw we had a discovery. How to describe it… it’s sensational. I imagine it’s like what people feel when they go to climb Mount Everest and reach the top. I’ve never done that, so I can’t be sure it’s the same. My drive is to search for new things. And with neutrinos, what attracts me is that it’s such an enigmatic particle. It’s the particle we understand the least. It’s full of surprises. I like the mystery. One of my other interests is in Egyptology, and I like the mystery of the pyramids, the Sphinx. For the past few years I have been teaching physics in Cairo and had some spare time to pursue my hobby.