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The Nobel Prize in Physics 2008

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Yoichiro Nambu

Prize share: 1/2

© The Nobel Foundation Photo: U. Montan

Makoto Kobayashi

Prize share: 1/4

© The Nobel Foundation Photo: U. Montan

Toshihide Maskawa

Prize share: 1/4

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2008 was divided, one half awarded to Yoichiro Nambu "for the discovery of the mechanism of spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics", the other half jointly to Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Maskawa "for the discovery of the origin of the broken symmetry which predicts the existence of at least three families of quarks in nature."

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