Sir Arthur Eddington

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.

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: main image: Eric Hamilton; Sir Arthur Eddington, physicist: Eric Hamilton.