A Soldier's Story: Major Edwin P. Hubble

Major Edwin Powell Hubble was born November 20, 1889, in Marshfield, Missouri.

He loved science fiction books,  his favorite being 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Major Edwin Hubble was also incredibly athletic and broke the Illinois State High Jump record in High School.

He went to the University of Chicago, graduating in 1910. Then, moving on to Oxford, Major Edwin Hubble graduated in 1913 after studying philosophy and receiving his Jurisprudence.

Returning to the University of Chicago, he graduated with a doctorate in Astronomy.  

Major Edwin Hubble postponed a position at the Mount Wilson Observatory, which contained the world's largest telescope, to enlist during World War I, obtaining the rank of Major in the 86th Infantry. 

Major Edwin Hubble was deployed in September 1918, returning in August 1919. The 86th Infantry remained near Bordeaux.

After his discharge, he worked at the Mount Wilson Observatory until 1942. Then, he left to work at the Aberdeen Proving Ground during World War II (as a civilian).

After the war, Major Edwin Hubble returned to California, researching at both the Mount Wilson Observatory and the Palmer Observatory. Major Edwin Powell Hubble died on September 28, 1953.

His scientific accomplishments proved that other galaxies exist outside of the Milky Way. Milton Humason provided the groundwork establishing that the Universe is expanding and the Big Bang Theory. (Despite my readings with Andrew Thomas, I couldn't understand it well enough to summarize it).

Of course, we all know that NASA named a telescope after him. 


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