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Georges LEMAITRE

Belgian Georges LEMAITRE

Belgian Catholic Priest, astronomer and professor of physics

Source :  Thierry LACOURT

Born: on July 17, 1894 in Charleroi, Belgique
Died: on June 20, 1966 in Leuven, Belgique


Biography

After a classical education at a Jesuit secondary school, the Collège du Sacré-Coeur, in Charleroi, Lemaître began studying civil engineering at the Catholic University of Leuven at the age of 17. In 1914, he interrupted his studies to serve as an artillery officer in the Belgian army for the duration of World War I. At the end of hostilities, he received the Belgian War Cross with palms.

After the war, he studied physics and mathematics, and began to prepare for the diocesan priesthood, not for the Jesuits. He obtained his doctorate in 1920 with a thesis entitled l'Approximation des fonctions de plusieurs variables réelles (Approximation of functions of several real variables), written under the direction of Charles de la Vallée-Poussin. He was ordained a priest in 1923.

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