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He won the Bruce Medal in 1999 and the 1959 Warner Prize. In 1957 he and his wife were co-authors, together with Fred Hoyle, the English astronomer, and William Fowler, the American physicist, of a famous paper on stellar nucleosynthesis, which was referred to as the B2FH paper, after the initials of the surnames of the four authors. Burbidge is known mostly for his alternative cosmology theory, which contradicts the Big Bang theory.
According to Burbidge, the universe is oscillatory and as such expands and contracts periodically over infinite time. This theory, due to its controversial nature, has put Burbidge in the position many others, like Galileo and Alfred Wegener, have held in the past.
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