American astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble was born November 20, 1889 in Mansfield, Missouri. He was the son of an insurance executive. In his youth Edwin was known more for his athletic abiliities than his intellectual ones, having won 7 first place finishes in a single high school track meet in 1906. When he attended the University of Chicago he buckled down and studied mathematics, astronomy and philosophy. He earned his B.S. in 1910 and the next three years were spent as one of Oxford's first Rhodes Scholars. While in England Hubble picked up many British habits and mannerisms which remained with him the rest of his life.

After returning to the States he worked as a high school teacher in New Albany, Indiana. He served in WW1 then returned to the University of Chicago to obtain a PhD in the field of astronomy. In 1919 Hubble was offered a staff position at the Carnegie Institution's Mount Wilson Observatory near Pasadena, California. He would remain here for the rest of his life. Hubble died of a cerebral thrombosis on September 28, 1953. Had he lived longer he would have won the Nobel Peace Prize for physics later that year. One of Edwin Hubble's greatest scientific achievements was that of proving the existence of other galaxies besides the Milky Way. This information which basically changed the view of the universe became known as "Hubble's Law."

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