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    Ixelles road named after Nobel Prize winner, François Englert

    In its last meeting on September 29th, the Ixelles Board of Mayors and Aldermen approved the route of a new road on the university campus of La Plaine. The new road will be named after Professor at the Free University of Brussels (ULB) and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, François Englert, stated Nathalie Gilson, deputy mayor of Urbanism. On October 8th, 2013, François Englert, a Brussels native, received the Nobel Prize in Physics, jointly with Peter Higgs, for his work on the mechanism of Brout-Englert-Higgs, a key element of the Standard Model of particle physics.

    This new street, which will be created on a field located near the ULB and VUB, is part of the first phase of urbanization of  the land located near the boulevard du Triomphe. “The name was suggested to us by SA Universalis Park, the project leader, who informed us that Mr. Englert agreed  to naming the new road be named after him,” said Nathalie Gilson. “The Nobel Prize, awarded only a year ago, to one of our countrymen, is very symbolic. It symbolizes the work, hope, solidarity and intellectual fervor associated with universities around.”

    At the suggestion of Mayor Willy Decourty and the Alderman of Urban Development, the Board  approved the development plans of the new road as established by SA Universalis Park. The agreement stipulates the transfer of full ownership of the road, two plots, the existing footpath, and the equipment to the municipality of Ixelles. The proposal will be submitted to the City Council.

    Maria Nowak (Source: Belga)