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Edwin Hubble Edwin Hubble was an American astronomer who has had an enormous impact on science often compared to Isaac Newton and Galileo Hubble has helped change our thoughts and perception of the universe in two important ways First Hubble confirmed the existence of other galaxies other than the Milky Way during a time when many people thought the Milky Way was the entire universe Secondly with the help of other astronomers he confirmed that the universe was expanding at a constant rate by developing a mathematical concept to back up this statement now known as Hubbles Law Born on November 20 1889 in Marshfield Mussouri Edwin Powell Hubble was the third of seven children Hubble spent his early childhood in Missouri with his father John P Hubble and his mother Virginia Lee James Hubble In 1895 Edwin entered grade school After grade school Edwin went to Wheaton High School where he excelled in both academics and sports In 1906 Hubble graduated at the age of sixteen from Wheaton High School two years earlier than most students Because of his outstanding efforts at Wheaton High School Edwin received an academic scholarship to the University of Chicago Hubble studied mathematics physics chemistry and astronomy at the University of Chicago In 1910 Hubble graduated with a BS in mathematics and astronomy and was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship After graduating from the University of Chicago Edwin went to Queens College at the University of Oxford in England There he studied the two-year course of jurisprudence which he completed in 1912 Hubble returned to the United States in 1913 to begin practicing law in Louisville Kentucky where is family was living In 1914 after becoming bored with law after only a year Hubble returned to the University of Chicago to work towards his doctorate in astronomy During the time period that Hubble attended the University of Chicago it did not actually offer formal courses in astronomy However Hubble
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