Edwin Hubble Facts

Edwin Hubble Facts
Edwin Powell Hubble (November 20, 1889 to September 28, 1953) was an American astronomer and is generally regarded as one of the most important observational cosmologists of the 20th century.
Interesting Edwin Hubble Facts:
Edwin Hubble was born in Marshfield, Missouri but moved to Wheaton, Illinois in 1900.
He was a gifted athlete who played baseball, football, basketball and ran track in both high school and college and led The University of Chicago to its first basketball conference title in 1907.
He earned a B.S. in mathematics and astronomy from the University of Chicago in 1910 and spent three years at The Queen's College, Oxford after earning a bachelors as one of the university's first Rhodes Scholars.
Hubble's father had moved the family to Louisville, Ky in 1909 and when he died in 1913, Hubble returned from England to care for his mother and three younger siblings.
He taught Spanish, physics and mathematics at New Albany High School in New Albany, In for a year before deciding to return to follow his dream and become a professional astronomer.
He studied astronomy at the Yerkes Observatory of the University of Chicago where he received his PhD in 1917 with a dissertation entitled Photographic Investigations of Faint Nebulae.
In 1917 Hubble volunteered for the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 86th Division.
In 1919 George Ellery Hale offered him a staff position at Mount Wilson Observatory near Pasadena, California.
Hubble was the first astronomer to use Mount Palomar's giant 200-inch reflector telescope.
In 1922-23 Hubble made his greatest contribution to the field of astronomy when he proved that the Milky Way was not the only galaxy in the universe.
Hubble's expanding universe theory changed the scientific view of the cosmos forever.
On March 6, 2008, the U.S. Postal Service released a stamp honoring Hubble with the citation that reads "pioneer of the distant stars."
Had he not died suddenly in 1953, Hubble would have won that year's Novel Prize in Physics.

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