Hubble, Edwin P (1889–1953)

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General Science

  • (written as Hubble, Edwin P. (1889–1953))
    a US astronomer who revolutionised thinking about the large-scale structure of the universe by methodical study of the galaxies. He discovered that they are receding at a rate dependent on their distance from earth, which led to the idea of the expansion of the universe. He also developed the now standard classification of galactic types.

Astronomy

  • Possibly the most distinguished astronomer of the 20th century, Hubble – who trained as a lawyer – revolutionised all thinking about the large-scale structure of the universe by methodical study of the galaxies. He discovered that they are receding at a rate dependent on their distance from us, which led to the idea of the expansion of the universe. He also developed the now standard classification of galactic types.
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