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Sir Arthur Eddington

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Sir Arthur Eddington

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Einstein might never have become a worldwide celebrity had it not been for the English astrophysicist Arthur Eddington. Eddington was one of the first scientists to understand and confirm Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. In 1919, Eddington led an expedition to observe a solar eclipse. His results showed that gravity will bend a ray of light when it passes near a massive star.

Eddington was also known for his research on the internal makeup of:

the Sun and the stars

the Earth and the Moon

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Eddington made great contributions with his research on the internal makeup of stars -- including our closest star, the Sun. He calculated that the temperature at the center of the Sun would have to be in the millions of degrees.

Sir Arthur Eddington

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Eddington never received any recognition for his scientific research.

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Eddington received many honors and awards throughout his career for his important scientific discoveries. He was even knighted in 1930, thereby becoming Sir Arthur Eddington.

Eddington traveled thousands of miles to test Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.

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Solar eclipses happen only in certain parts of the world. Eddington traveled from England to West Africa to prove that an object with mass will bend the space around it.

Sir Arthur Eddington
Date of Birth: December 28, 1882
Date of Death: November 22, 1944
Hometown: Westmoreland, England
Position: astronomer, mathematician
Education: Owens College, Manchester; Trinity College, Cambridge
Known for: contributions to Einstein's General Theory of Relativity

Image credits: Eric Hamilton; Sir Arthur Eddington, physicist: Eric Hamilton.