Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Catholic Priest first proposed the Big Bang Theory

Yes it's true!

Monsignor Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître (July 17, 1894 - June 20, 1966) was a Belgian Roman Catholic priest, honorary prelate, professor of physics and astronomer at the Catholic University of Leuven. He sometimes used the title Abbé or Monseigneur.

Lemaître proposed what became known as the Big Bang theory of the origin of the Universe, which he called his 'hypothesis of the primeval atom'

Monsignor Georges Lemaître, priest and scientist


Born July 17, 1894(1894-07-17)  Charleroi, Belgium
Died June 20, 1966 (aged 71)  Leuven, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Fields Cosmology, Astrophysics
Institutions Catholic University of Leuven
Known for Big Bang
Religious stance Roman Catholic (priest)