Google celebrates astronomer Georges Lemaitre's birth anniversary

Google Doodle today is celebrating the 124 birthday of Georges Lemaitre, the Belgian astronomer who was the first to come up with the theory that universe is constantly expanding.

Lemaitre proposed that the universe began as a single primordial atom and described his theory as "the Cosmic Egg exploding at the moment of the creation" - which later became known as the Big Bang theory - in 1931.

Soon enough, however, Lemaitre's theory was backed up by Edwin Hubble's observations.

Fr Georges was also a professor of physics at the Catholic University of Leuven.

A civil engineer, Georges Lemaitre has served as an artillery officer in the Belgian Army during World War I, then in 1923 he entered a seminary and was ordained as a priest.

However, Einstein dismissed his work, saying: "Your calculations are correct, but your physics is atrocious".

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It was during his time at a Jesuit secondary school where he first felt the urge to become a priest, but also a scientist. After the war ended, he went on to study at Cambridge, Harvard, and MIT.

Today, Google celebrates the extraordinary life of Georges Lemaitre by creating a doodle of him in the midst of an ever-expanding mass of galaxies and light, just as he first theorised. Moving forward, Lemaitre continued his work on the big bang theory and published more reports with more details about his learning.

Two years later Einstein changed his mind, saying: "This is the most handsome and satisfactory explanation of creation to which I have ever listened".

According to the Google Doodle, Lemaitre had accurately estimated a numerical value which was later known as the Hubble Constant. Hubble further studied the theory of the Big Bang, which led to a new branch of science called relative cosmology. Shortly after discovering the discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation, he died in 1966.

Still Lemaitre was not completely overlooked in his day.

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