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", despite the fact that it had been both proposed and demonstrated observationally two years earlier by Georges Lemaître. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edwin Hubble has received more than 1,903,570 page views. His biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 92 in 2019). Edwin Hubble is the 8th most popular astronomer (up from 9th in 2019), the 96th most popular biography from United States (down from 88th 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 8 out of 532Before him are Nicolaus Copernicus, Giordano Bruno, Ptolemy, Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and Anders Celsius. After him are Aristarchus of Samos, William Herschel, Ulugh Beg, Hipparchus, Ole Rømer, and Carl Sagan.

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Among people born in 1889, Edwin Hubble ranks 7Before him are Adolf Hitler, Charlie Chaplin, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, António de Oliveira Salazar, and Jean Cocteau. After him are Jawaharlal Nehru, Ante Pavelić, Anna Akhmatova, Arnold J. Toynbee, Vaslav Nijinsky, and Igor Sikorsky. Among people deceased in 1953, Edwin Hubble ranks 3Before him are Joseph Stalin and Sergei Prokofiev. After him are Gerd von Rundstedt, Ibn Saud, Robert Andrews Millikan, Lavrentiy Beria, Django Reinhardt, Carol II of Romania, Klement Gottwald, Mary of Teck, and Vladimir Tatlin.

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Among people born in United States, Edwin Hubble ranks 96 out of 15,968Before him are Henry David Thoreau (1817), Meryl Streep (1949), Bill Clinton (1946), Stan Lee (1922), Charles Bronson (1921), and Michael Douglas (1944). After him are Samuel Morse (1791), Jesse Owens (1913), Jackson Pollock (1912), Frank Lloyd Wright (1867), Lyndon B. Johnson (1908), and Joan Baez (1941).

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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), Clyde Tombaugh (1906), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Asaph Hall (1829), Percival Lowell (1855), William Alfred Fowler (1911), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Lewis A. Swift (1820), and J. Allen Hynek (1910).