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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edwin Hubble has received more than 2,689,068 page views. His biography is available in 99 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). Edwin Hubble is the 12th most popular astronomer (down from 10th in 2019), the 137th most popular biography from United States (down from 103rd 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 12 out of 644Before him are Anders Celsius, Tycho Brahe, William Herschel, Ulugh Beg, Ja'far al-Sadiq, and Aristarchus of Samos. After him are Hipparchus, Ole Rømer, Carl Sagan, Aryabhata, Giovanni Domenico Cassini, and Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi.

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Among people born in 1889, Edwin Hubble ranks 8Before him are Charlie Chaplin, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, António de Oliveira Salazar, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Jean Cocteau. After him are Paul Karrer, Ante Pavelić, Anna Akhmatova, Arnold J. Toynbee, Vaslav Nijinsky, and Manuel II of Portugal. Among people deceased in 1953, Edwin Hubble ranks 4Before him are Joseph Stalin, Sergei Prokofiev, and Ibn Saud. After him are Lavrentiy Beria, Gerd von Rundstedt, Francis Picabia, Robert Andrews Millikan, Carol II of Romania, Klement Gottwald, Guccio Gucci, and Django Reinhardt.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Edwin Hubble ranks 137 out of 20,380Before him are Milton Friedman (1912), Patti Smith (1946), Will Smith (1968), Rosa Parks (1913), William James (1842), and Bobby Fischer (1943). After him are Phineas Gage (1823), Charles Bronson (1921), Tom Hanks (1956), Brad Pitt (1963), Kirk Douglas (1916), and Alan Alda (1936).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

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