Yesterday the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail reported that five leading physicists have been invited to CERN for the Higgs search update on Wednesday. Peter Higgs is one of those called to the press conference so the five physicists could be the five living Higgs founders who were honoured with the Sakurai prize in 2010 i.e. Englert, Higgs, Kibble, Guralnik and Hagen. Kibble confirmed that he was called but is unable to make it and told the Sunday Times ‘My guess is that is must be a pretty positive result for them to be asking us out there.’
Frank Close on twitter has indicated that it was not five physicists and that they were not so much invited as “welcomed to attend”. He should know because he just tweeted this picture of himself with Higgs waiting at Palermo airport for a plane to Geneva.
Close is well-known for his own contributions to particle physics as well as classic text books and his popular book The Infinity Puzzle about the history of the standard model and the LHC.