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Edwin Hubble

1889 - 1953

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Edwin Powell Hubble (November 20, 1889 – September 28, 1953) was an American astronomer. He played a crucial role in establishing the fields of extragalactic astronomy and observational cosmology.Hubble proved that many objects previously thought to be clouds of dust and gas and classified as "nebulae" were actually galaxies beyond the Milky Way. He used the strong direct relationship between a classical Cepheid variable's luminosity and pulsation period (discovered in 1908 by Henrietta Swan Leavitt) for scaling galactic and extragalactic distances.Hubble provided evidence that the recessional velocity of a galaxy increases with its distance from the Earth, a property now known as Hubble's law, although it had been proposed two years earlier by Georges Lemaître. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edwin Hubble has received more than 2,262,094 page views. His biography is available in 95 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 93 in 2019). Edwin Hubble is the 10th most popular astronomer (down from 8th in 2019), the 103rd most popular biography from United States (down from 96th in 2019) and the most popular American Astronomer.

Edwin Hubble is most famous for his discovery that the universe is expanding. Hubble discovered this when he found that the light from distant galaxies is shifted towards the red end of the spectrum.

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Among astronomers, Edwin Hubble ranks 10 out of 531Before him are Ptolemy, Giordano Bruno, Tycho Brahe, Anders Celsius, William Herschel, and Aristarchus of Samos. After him are Ulugh Beg, Hipparchus, Ole Rømer, Ja'far al-Sadiq, Carl Sagan, and Giovanni Domenico Cassini.

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Among people born in 1889, Edwin Hubble ranks 8Before him are Charlie Chaplin, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jawaharlal Nehru, António de Oliveira Salazar, and Jean Cocteau. After him are Anna Akhmatova, Arnold J. Toynbee, Ante Pavelić, Vaslav Nijinsky, Idris of Libya, and Manuel II of Portugal. Among people deceased in 1953, Edwin Hubble ranks 3Before him are Joseph Stalin and Sergei Prokofiev. After him are Gerd von Rundstedt, Ibn Saud, Lavrentiy Beria, Carol II of Romania, Robert Andrews Millikan, Klement Gottwald, Mary of Teck, Guccio Gucci, and Django Reinhardt.

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Among people born in United States, Edwin Hubble ranks 103 out of 18,182Before him are H. P. Lovecraft (1890), Chuck Norris (1940), Meryl Streep (1949), Jim Morrison (1943), Richard Feynman (1918), and Michael Douglas (1944). After him are Debbie Reynolds (1932), Milton Friedman (1912), Rosa Parks (1913), Barack Obama (1961), Nicolas Cage (1964), and Gerald Ford (1913).

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Among astronomers born in United States, Edwin Hubble ranks 1After him are Carl Sagan (1934), Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), William Alfred Fowler (1911), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Asaph Hall (1829), Clyde Tombaugh (1906), Vera Rubin (1928), Percival Lowell (1855), and Russell Alan Hulse (1950).