When was the existence of black holes predicted for the first time? And by whom?

A Fench astronomer named Pierre Laplace had predicted the existence of black holes way back in 1795. His study of Newton’s principle of gravitation led him to the possibility of existence of gigantic celestial bodies which may not be allowing light to escape on account of their tremendous gravitational force.

His research regarding the theory of probability led him to the inference that ceaseless contraction of gigantic star would indeed give birth to such bodies. Scientists acknowledged these findings of Laplace after Einstein had presented the theory of relativity. Inferring a star whose light rays were frozen, Laplace had called it ‘frozen star’. Only recently in 1967, the American scientist John Wheeler (see, photo) gave it more expressive name, black hole.

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