Google Doodle honors physicist Georges Lemaitre's 124th birthday


Google Doodle celebrates the 124th birthday of famed Belgian astronomer, Georges Lemaitre in an impressive way. Lemaitre was best known for formulating the modern Big Bang Theory in 1927. "Then, in 1931, Lemaitre voiced his theory that the universe had expanded from an initial point, which he called the 'primeval atom" or the 'Cosmic Egg'.

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

The intellectual thinker was an astronomer, physics professor and Catholic priest.

Born on 17 July, 1894 in Belgium, Lemaitre served as a Belgian artillery officer during World War I. He later went on to study physics and obtained a doctorate for the same in 1920. Next, he began studying astronomy and surprisingly, was ordained a Catholic priest.

It was during his time at a Jesuit secondary school where he first felt the urge to become a priest, but also a scientist.

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.

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As a result Hubble's name is more often associated with the Big Bang, which birthed a whole new branch of science known as relativistic cosmology, Google said in a statement.

His most notable discovery was the proposal of an ever expanding universe.

Lemaitre first became popular after publishing his report, which stated that the universe was in a constant state of expansion.

At a seminar in California, Einstein reportedly said of Lemaitre's theory: 'This is the most handsome and satisfactory explanation of creation to which I have ever listened'. The paper got wide appreciation and this time, even Einstein approved of his theory. Shortly after discovering the discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation, he died in 1966.

Lemaitre's work was widely recognised around the world, and are hugely influential until this day.