Edwin Hubble

1889 - 1953

Edwin Hubble

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 and is regarded as one of the most important astronomers of all time.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 1,576,693 page views. His biography is available in 92 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 9th most popular astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Edwin Hubble ranks 9 out of 495Before him are Johannes Kepler, Giordano Bruno, Ptolemy, Tycho Brahe, Anders Celsius, and Aristarchus of Samos. After him are Ulugh Beg, Hipparchus, Ole Rømer, William Herschel, Carl Sagan, and Ja'far al-Sadiq.

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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, Vaslav Nijinsky, Anna Akhmatova, Arnold J. Toynbee, and Idris of Libya. Among people deceased in 1953, Edwin Hubble ranks 3Before him are Joseph Stalin and Sergei Prokofiev. After him are Gerd von Rundstedt, Lavrentiy Beria, Ibn Saud, Robert Andrews Millikan, Django Reinhardt, Klement Gottwald, Carol II of Romania, Francis Picabia, and Vladimir Tatlin.

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Among people born in United States, Edwin Hubble ranks 88 out of 12,171Before him are Kirk Douglas (1916), Bhumibol Adulyadej (1927), Chuck Norris (1940), Rosa Parks (1913), Robert Redford (1936), and Robin Williams (1951). After him are Tina Turner (1939), Meryl Streep (1949), Jackson Pollock (1912), Isadora Duncan (1877), Frank Lloyd Wright (1867), and Bill Clinton (1946).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Edwin Hubble ranks 1After him are Carl Sagan (1934), Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), William Alfred Fowler (1911), Asaph Hall (1829), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), Percival Lowell (1855), Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr. (1941), Edward Emerson Barnard (1857), and Vera Rubin (1928).