By Hamish Johnston
Last night while I was tidying the kitchen there was a lovely programme on BBC Radio 4 about the father of the Big Bang theory – the Catholic priest (and famous Belgian) Georges Lemaître.
The action begins in 1923 in a Cambridge drawing room where Lemaître first encountered the pioneering astrophysicist and cosmologist Arthur Eddington…you can listen to the rest here.
Apparently Lemaître was never seen without his dog collar, as you can see in this photograph of him lecturing at the Catholic University of Leuven, where he spent most of his professional life. (Photograph courtesy of the Catholic University of Leuven)