At the opening of ‘Collider’, a temporary exhibition at the Science Museum, the Chancellor paid tribute to two of Britain’s leading scientists, Peter Higgs and Stephen Hawking.
Speaking at the launch event to celebrate the new exhibition which uses theatre, video and sound to recreate the Hadron Collider at CERN, the Chancellor congratulated both scientists on work which has helped advance human knowledge.
He spoke alongside Rolf Heuer, the director general of CERN and theoretical physicist Peter Higgs.
The Hadron Collider at CERN is an example of a big collaborative scientific project that has been worked on by 10,000 men and women across the globe.
The Chancellor underlined his personal commitment to British science and emphasised the government’s commitment to increased investment in science, which is why in the summer it set the first ever long-term capital commitment for science.
Speaking at the event, George Osborne said:
It is a privilege for me to be speaking at the opening of the Science Museum’s exciting exhibition celebrating CERN, one of the great scientific enterprises of our age. The museum has certainly been a part of my life, as a child and as a parent, and as a government we recognise the importance of investing in science.
This summer, for the first time ever, we set a long term capital commitment for science. Science capital spending will go above £1 billion a year next year and we are now committed to keeping it at over £1 billion a year, year after year, to 2020.