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Google Doodle celebrates pioneering universe priest

Google has paid tribute to the Belgian priest who proposed what is now known as the Big Bang theory.

Fr Georges Lemaître, a professor of physics at the Catholic University of Leuven, became the topic of the Google Doodle today, Tuesday 17th July, which would have been the priest’s 124th birthday.

Fr Lemaître was the first to derive what is now known as Hubble’s law and made the first estimation of what is now called the Hubble constant, which he published in 1927, two years before Edwin Hubble’s article

Fr Lemaître proposed that the universe expanded from an initial point, which he called the “Primeval Atom”. He also described this theory as “the Cosmic Egg exploding at the moment of the creation”. The theory later became known as the ‘Big Bang theory’.

Picture: Today’s Google Doodle celebrating Fr Georges Lemaître’s 124th birthday. (Google).