Georges Lemaître

1894 - 1966

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Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître ( lə-MET-rə; French: [ʒɔʁʒ ləmɛːtʁ] (listen); 17 July 1894 – 20 June 1966) was a Belgian Catholic priest, mathematician, astronomer, and professor of physics at the Catholic University of Louvain. He was the first to theorize that the recession of nearby galaxies can be explained by an expanding universe, which was observationally confirmed soon afterwards by Edwin Hubble. He first derived "Hubble's law", now called the Hubble–Lemaître law by the IAU, and published the first estimation of the Hubble constant in 1927, two years before Hubble's article. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Georges Lemaître has received more than 1,834,641 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Georges Lemaître is the 50th most popular physicist (up from 76th in 2019), the 22nd most popular biography from Belgium (up from 38th in 2019) and the most popular Belgian Physicist.

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Among physicists, Georges Lemaître ranks 50 out of 721. Before him are Paul Dirac, Hermann von Helmholtz, Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Christian Doppler, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, and William Gilbert. After him are James Chadwick, Otto von Guericke, Wilhelm Wien, Max Born, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, and Robert Andrews Millikan.

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Among people born in 1894, Georges Lemaître ranks 8Before him are Gavrilo Princip, Rudolf Hess, Edward VIII, Aldous Huxley, Maximilian Kolbe, and Louis-Ferdinand Céline. After him are Boris III of Bulgaria, Jean Renoir, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Norbert Wiener, John Ford, and Joseph Roth. Among people deceased in 1966, Georges Lemaître ranks 5Before him are Walt Disney, André Breton, Buster Keaton, and Alberto Giacometti. After him are Anna Akhmatova, Sergei Korolev, Jean Arp, Sepp Dietrich, Chester W. Nimitz, Montgomery Clift, and Giuseppe Farina.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Georges Lemaître ranks 22 out of 899. Before him are Frans Hals (1582), Albert II of Belgium (1934), Georges Simenon (1903), Leopold III of Belgium (1901), Mary of Burgundy (1457), and Albert I of Belgium (1875). After him are Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy (1480), Mary of Hungary (1505), Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960), Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1697), Adolphe Sax (1814), and Jacques Brel (1929).

Among PHYSICISTS In Belgium

Among physicists born in Belgium, Georges Lemaître ranks 1After him are François Englert (1932), Joseph Plateau (1801), Étienne-Gaspard Robert (1763), and Théophile de Donder (1872).