17 July 1894|
20 June 1966 (aged 71)|
|Alma mater||Cambridge University|
Theory of the expansion of the Universe|
Big Bang theory
|Institutions||Catholic University of Louvain|
Monsignor Georges Lemaître (Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître, 17 July 1894 – 20 June 1966) was a Belgian priest, astronomer , mathematician and professor of physics at the Catholic University of Louvain.
He was the first person to say the Universe is growing. Some people think it was Edwin Hubble, but that is not correct. Lemaître was also the first to make the Hubble's law and the Hubble constant. Lemaître also started what became known as the Big Bang theory of the origin of the Universe. He called it his 'hypothesis of the primeval atom'.
References[change | change source]
- Sidney van den Bergh arxiv.org 6 Jun 2011 1106.1195v1 [physics.hist-ph]
- David L. Block arxiv.org 20 Jun 2011 & 8 Jul 2011 1106.3928v2 [physics.hist-ph]
- Eugenie Samuel Reich Published online 27 June 2011| Nature| doi:10.1038/news.2011.385
- A science Odyssey: people and discoveries: Big bang theory is introduced
- Lemaître - Big Bang