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Gold, Thomas

Gold, Thomas (1920- ), Austrian-American astronomer, born in Vienna and educated at the University of Cambridge. He is best known as the developer—with Austrian-British mathematician Hermann Bondi and British astronomer Fred Hoyle—of the steady-state theory of the universe. The theory, proposed in 1948, holds that the universe is homogeneous and that matter is continuously being created as the universe expands. Most scientists currently endorse the big-bang theory instead. Gold also developed the accepted explanation of pulsars as being spinning neutron stars.