Famous Belgian Physicists

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Georges Lemaître
(Scientist & Priest)
Georges Lemaître
Birthdate: July 17, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charleroi, Belgium
Died: June 20, 1966

Georges Lemaître was a mathematician, astronomer, and professor of physics. Lemaître was the first person to theorize that the expansion of the universe can be used to explain the recession of nearby galaxies. In 1927, Lemaître published the first estimation of the Hubble constant. He also came up with the Big Bang theory to explain the origin of the universe.

Joseph Plateau
(Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist)
Joseph Plateau
Birthdate: October 14, 1801
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brussels
Died: September 15, 1883
François Englert
(Physicist, University teacher, Theoretical physicist)
François Englert
Birthdate: November 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Etterbeek
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Ingrid Daubechies
(Mathematician, Physicist best known for her work with wavelets in image compression.)
Ingrid Daubechies
Birthdate: August 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houthalen-Helchteren, Belgium

Belgian-born physicist Ingrid Daubechies was a prodigy of sorts and had started dealing with complicated mathematical concepts before turning 6. She grew up to work at the AT&T Bell Laboratories and also taught at Princeton. She is best known for her research on wavelets and image-compression technology.

Robert Brout
(Former theoretical physicist who made significant contributions in elementary particle physics)
Robert Brout
Birthdate: June 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 3, 2011