Edwin Hubble

By Jonathan Fields and Bill Johndrow

General Information

Edwin Hubble was born November 20, 1889, in Marshfield Missouri, USA to Virginia Lee James and John Powell Hubble, an Insurance Executive. He was noted for his athletic ability in high school.

Received most of his Education at University of Chicago, and Mount Wilson Observatory. Hubble had his Alma Mater at University of Chicago and the University of Oxford.

At New Albany High School in New Albany, Indiana, he taught Spanish Physics and Mathematics, as well as coaching the basketball team.

After rushing his dissertation for his PhD, he volunteered for the army and rose to the rank of Major.

Afterwards he returned to the United States to work as an astronomer after he was offered a staff position at Mount Wilson Observatory, and was the first person to use the new 200 inch Hale Telescope at Mount Palomar.

Hubble died September 28 1953.

Major Discoveries and Great Contributions

Edwin Hubble is mainly remembered for discovering that the Universe continues past the Milky Way Galaxy, discovering several more galaxies other than the Milky Way, offering a classification system for galaxy shapes, and that the Universe is constantly expanding.

Another of his Important discoveries is that the redshift of light actually increases with distance, as well as the discovery of Asteroid 1373 Cincinnati.


One of the main controversies Hubble faced is that his discovery of the expanding universe was actually discovered by Georges Lemaître, and that "Hubble's Law" should actually be named "Lemaître's Law".

Interesting Facts

Edwin Hubble set the state record for the high jump at his High School in Illinois.

Edwin Hubble was a Major of the 86th division, but never saw any combat in WWI.

Edwin Hubble also served at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in WWII, and received the Legion of Merit award for his work there.

When he died, no funeral was ever held about him, and his wife never revealed his burial site.

A Quote about Edwin Hubble

From the American Scientists sheet of Postage Stamps designed by Victor Stabin:

"Often called a "pioneer of the distant stars," astronomer Edwin Hubble (1889–1953) played a pivotal role in deciphering the vast and complex nature of the universe. His meticulous studies of spiral nebulae proved the existence of galaxies other than our own Milky Way. Had he not died suddenly in 1953, Hubble would have won that year's Nobel Prize in Physics"

All biographical information from Wikipedia and EdwinHubble