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Edwin Hubble

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Edwin Hubble (1889–1953)

Edwin Powell Hubble was a prominent, secular, American astronomer. His most well-known contributions to the field include a revision of the stellar distance scale, a classification system for galaxies, and the Hubble Law.


Edwin Hubble was born in Marshfield, Missouri in 1889. He excelled in his studies and also became an outstanding high school athlete. After studying physics and astronomy for several years at the University of Chicago, he earned a Rhodes scholarship which took him to a college in Oxford, England. At Queen’s College in Oxford he earned his degree in law, but quickly realized that astronomy was his passion, and after several more years at the University of Chicago he earned his Ph.D. in astronomy. Several years later, after serving in World War I, he settled down to a career at Mount Wilson Observatory in Southern California. It appears that Edwin Hubble was not a religious man, and both his books and biographies written about him fail to mention or acknowledge the Biblical account of creation



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