Edwin Hubble

By: Trent Butcher

Meet Edwin Hubble:

Hubble was born on November 20, 1889 and died September 28, 1953 as a highly recognized astronomer/scientist. He studied at the University of Chicago and after graduation went onto Oxford.
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Career starting to take off:

Hubble was recruited by California's Mount Wilson Observatory to help complete the construction of its Hooker telescope. Before beginning the new position, Hubble completed a doctorate in astronomy, enlisted in the U.S. Army and served a tour of duty in World War I.

Discovery/Contribution:

Edwin Hubble revolutionized the field of astrophysics. From his research he helped prove that the universe we live in is always expanding at a constant rate, and he also created the classification system we still use today for galaxies. Hubble proved that other galaxies existed outside of the Milky Way, where Earth is located, by taking photos through the observatory's Hooker telescope and comparing the varying degrees of luminosity among Cepheid variable stars. Without Hubble's discoveries what we know about our universe could be greatly altered or we wouldn't know as much as we do today.
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The Realm of the Nebulae

Along with his many discoveries, Edwin Hubble, also has written and published his on book The Realm of the Nebulae a historical and explanatory piece on his research in the field of extragalactic astronomy.

Awards

Hubble remains one of the world's most famous astronomers. In addition to receiving the Medal of Merit (1946), he is the recipient of the Franklin Medal (in physics), Legion of Merit, Bruce Medal and Gold Medal (from the Royal Astronomical Society). As a tribute to Hubble's groundbreaking work in astrophysics, NASA named its Hubble Space Telescope after Edwin Hubble.