Essay about Edwin Hubble Biography

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Edwin P. Hubble was a ground-breaking American astronomer who revolutionized our knowledge of the universe and established the foundations for all of modern cosmology. At the beginning of the 20th century, most astronomers thought that our Universe was confined to the Milky Way Galaxy alone. However, Edwin Hubble's inspiration and perseverance in astronomical research proved otherwise. He discovered the existence of other galaxies and created a systematical classification for all galaxies. Additionally, he mathematically confirmed that his newly discovered universe was expanding. Hubble's astronomical triumphs earned him worldwide scientific honors and pioneered our modern cosmology. Edwin Powell Hubble was born in Marshfield,…show more content…
Hubble turned away from astronomy and decided to studied law. He completed the two-year law course in 1912, while continuing to succeed in his athletic endeavors through various track and field events. Hubble returned to the United States in 1913 and began practicing law in Louisville, Kentucky. However, he soon found himself bored with law and returned to what he later realized as his passion: astronomy. Hubble returned to the University of Chicago in 1914 to broaden his scholastic knowledge of astronomy, a field he then described as "a calling." He studied at the Yerkes Observatory, and in 1917, received a doctorate in astronomy. During his term at Yerkes, Hubble met astronomer George Ellery Hale, founder of the Yerkes Observatory and the director of the Mount Wilson Observatory in Pasadena, California. Hale had heard of Hubble and invited him to join the Mount Wilson Staff. However, Hubble's enrollment in World War I the following year delayed his acceptance of this offer. He achieved the respectable rank of major and in 1919 was discharged. Immediately following, Hubble began his work at Mount Wilson. The observatory had two telescopes, a 60-inch reflector and a newly operational 100-inch telescope, the largest in the world at that time. The technological advances in telescopes and the resources of the Mount Wilson Observatory provided Hubble with enough sources to begin the major portion of his life's work.
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