Edwin Powell Hubble's observations had
revolutionized astronomy, not only did we realize there were other
galaxies in the universe besides our own, we also were able to determine
that if the universe was expanding outwards, it must have been coming
from a central point, and that something must have caused that expansion
to begin with, giving birth to the Big Bang
Edwin Hubble left Mount Wilson in 1942,
determined help fight the Nazis in World War II; at first he wanted to
join the armed forces as he had done during the first World War, but he
realized he could do more for his country by offering his services as a
scientist. In 1946, he was awarded the Medal of Merit, for
exceptional conduct in providing outstanding services to citizens.
This was not the last of the honors
bestowed upon Hubble, as in 1948, he was also elected Honorary Fellow of Queen’s College, Oxford, for his notable contributions to Astronomy.
After the war ended, Hubble resumed his
work at Mount Wilson, where he had little trouble convincing his
employers of the need for an even greater telescope than the current 100
inch reflector model, so they could further explore the universe outside
our galaxy. Hubble was instrumental in the design of the Hale
Telescope, which was set up at the Mount
Edwin Hubble had the honor of being the
first to use it.
When asked what he hoped to find with
the new telescope by the BBC, Hubble replied "We hope to find something we hadn't expected."
Edwin Powell Hubble continued his work
at both the Mount Wilson and Mount Palomar observatories until his death
from from a cerebral thrombosis, on
September 28, l953. He will forever be remembered as the father of observational cosmology
and as a pioneer of the distant stars.