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Edwin Powell Hubble (November 20, 1889 – September 28, 1953) was an American astronomer who played a crucial role in establishing the field of extragalactic astronomy and is generally regarded as the leading observational cosmologist of the 20th century. Hubble generally is known for Hubble's law. He is credited with the discovery of the existence of galaxies other than the Milky Way and galactic red shift. Discovery that the loss in frequency—the redshift—observed in the spectra of light from other galaxies increased in proportion to a particular galaxy's distance from Earth. This relationship became known as Hubble's law. Hero of twentieth-century astronomy, Hubble's findings fundamentally changed the scientific view of the universe.

Hubble noted the Doppler shift interpretation of the observed redshift that had been proposed earlier by Vesto Slipher, and that led to the theory of the metric expansion of space.He tended to believe the frequency of any beam of light could, by some so far unknown means, be diminished ever stronger, the longer the beam travels through space.

  • Hubble served in the U.S army during both the world wars.

  • After Hubble's death, no funeral was held and his wife refused to reveal anything about his body. He also did not have any children.

  • On March 6, 2008, the US Postal Service issued a postal stamp with his picture on it.

  • Hubble was a star forward basketball player during his time in the University of Chicago. The last HST repair mission, launched in May 2009, carries a basketball which was once used by Hubble.