'The Mule Skinner'
Born: : 19th August 1891, Dodge Center, Minnesota, USA
Died:18th June 1972, Mendocino, California, USA
Milton Lasell Humason worked closely with Edwin Powell Hubble on the determination of the distances of galaxies; despite having started his career as a ‘mule skinner’ and later as a janitor at the Mount Wilson Observatory.
In order to tell the real story of Edwin Powell Hubble, it is also necessary to include that of Milton Lasell Humason (1891-1972). Like Hubble, Milton Lasell Humason was born into a working class family from a small Midwestern American town. Unlike Marshfield - Dodge Center, Minnesota - the birthplace of Milton Lasell Humason has no School, Drive or Space Telescope to remember him by.
Yet in truth Humason also deserves his share of recognition, in respect of the monumental discoveries now so often attributed solely to Edwin Powell Hubble.
To read more on his life and work read the eBook chapter on Milton Lasell Humason or buy the eBook 'Catchers of the Light'
The 'Horsehead' Nebula (B33), Milton Lasell Humason, 200-inch reflector, 1951
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