George Lemaitre

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George Lemaitre

George Lemaitre

(1894-1966)

George Lemaitre was born in Charleroi, Belgium. When he was a young man, he was interested in science and theology. Wanting to pursue his scientific dream, Lemaitre went to America and got a Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1925, he became a professor at the Catholic University of Louvain. Continuing his science career, he wrote a paper explaining why the universe is expanding. Edwin hubble with his giant telescope, was able to observe galaxies beyond the Milky Way. Using Hubble's observation for his theory, Lemaitre was able to convince many astronomers that the universe was expanding.

Sourceshttp://space.about.com/cs/astronomerbios/a/lemaitrebio.htmhttp://www.amnh.org/education/resources/rfl/web/essaybooks/cosmic/p_lemaitre.html

Lemaitre's idea of how the universe was created, was that in the beginning of time, since the universe expands slowly, everything was compacted into an extremely dense mass. It was a singularity, or in Lemaitre's terms, the "primeval atom", which blew up and formed the universe that still expands today. The idea of the universe forming like that was called the Big Bang Theory.

Father of the Big Bang

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George Lemaitre's Accomplishments-founded the big bang theory-became a priest-got a Ph.D.-was a professor at the Catholic University of Louvain-became a famous astronomer-served as an artillery officer in WWII-witnessed the first poison gas attack in history

R.I.P. George Lemaitre

A few days before Lemaitre died, he learned that two astronomers named Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson recently discovered the radiation that was from the Big Bang. The most important information to support the Big Bang Theory.


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