François Englert is born in 1932 in Etterbeek to a Jewish family. He and his relatives survive the Holocaust because they are hidden by supportive inhabitants in Dinant, Lustin, Stoumont and Annevoie-Rouillon.
François Englert and Peter Higgs are awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to the understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, which were confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle by the ATLAS and CMS experimetns at CERN' Larger Hadron Collider in 2012.
François Englert is offered a position as a Research Associate for Robert Brout at Cornell University. Both are interested in spontaneous symmetry breaking in phase transitions and are inspired by the work of Yoichiro Narnbu. They become lifelong friends.
François Englert reurns to Belgium and persuades R. Brout to follow him. Both direct the theoretical physics group at the Free University of Brussels. The group contributes to the understanding of strong interactions and quark confinment, general relativity and cosmology. Englert retires in 1998.
François Englert joins the department for quantum studies of the Chapman University in 2011. He serves as a dinstinguished visiting professor.
François Englert realises that he is interested in physics and decides to study again. He graduates in Physics in 1958 and earns his Ph.D. in 1959. Around that time Englert marries Mira Nikomarow. They have five children.
François Englert and R. Brout work on the statistical theory of phase transition and field theory. They discover the mass generating mechanism, a phase transition from high to low temperature phase, where the mass of elementary particles arises from a generalisation of spontanous symmetry (BEH mechanism).
François Englert attempts to resume a normal life after the second world war. He develops an interest in literature, music and mathematics.
François Englert attends the Free University of Brussels to study polytechnics. He graduates in electrical-mechanical engineering in 1955.