Sir Fred Hoyle(1915-2001), Astrophysicist, mathematician and writer
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Hoyle is best known for his contributions to the theory of the structure of stars and on the origin of the chemical elements in stars. He was most widely known as a leading proponent of the 'steady state' model of the universe contending that matter is constantly being created, so the expanding universe remains roughly the same at all times and has no beginning or end. He coined the term 'big bang' to ridicule the rival concept of an explosive origin of the universe, but the term is now widely used and the explosion theory is generally accepted. Hoyle was also a prolific author of science fiction. Among his best-known books are The Black Cloud and Ossian's Ride.