Francois Englert — Belgian Physicist born on November 06, 1932,

François Baron Englert is a Belgian theoretical physicist and 2013 Nobel prize laureate. He is Professor emeritus at the Université libre de Bruxelles where he is member of the Service de Physique Théorique. He is also a Sackler Professor by Special Appointment in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Tel Aviv University and a member of the Institute for Quantum Studies at Chapman University in California. He was awarded the 2010 J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics, the Wolf Prize in Physics in 2004 and the High Energy and Particle Prize of the European Physical Society in 1997 for the mechanism which unifies short and long range interactions by generating massive gauge vector bosons. He has made contributions in statistical physics, quantum field theory, cosmology, string theory and supergravity. He is the recipient of the 2013 Prince of Asturias Award in technical and scientific research, together with Peter Higgs and the CERN... (wikipedia)

I was born in Belgium on 6 November 1932. I am married to Mira Nikomarow and have five children: Michele, Anne, Georges, from a first marriage with Esther Dujardin, and Sarah, Helene from a second one with Danielle Vindal.
The curiosity of the human mind is essential if you want citizens who think rather than accept the first nonsense they come to.
Fundamental research is needed to make progress, which you cannot do solely by copying others. If you only do applied research, you quickly lose creativity.
Gravitational and electromagnetic interactions are long-range interactions, meaning they act on objects no matter how far they are separated from each other.
As an assistant in the polytechnic department, I was able to finance new studies and got my Physics Masters Degree in 1958 and my Ph.D. in 1959.