Ten fun facts about Arthur Eddington


Fact 1
Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington was born on 28 December 1882 and died on 22 November 1944.

Fact 2
Arthur Eddington was also a philosopher and popularize of science.

Fact 3
The natural threshold to the brightness of stars or the radioactivity generated by accretion on a compact object is called the Eddington limit and is named after him.

Fact 4
Arthur Eddington is well known for his work on the theory of relativity.

Fact 5
Eddington wrote a series of articles which described Einstein's theory of general relativity to the English speaking population.

Fact 6
He also lead an excursion to watch the Solar eclipse of 29 May 1919 that offered one of the original validations of relativity, and he became acknowledged for his popular expositions and explanations of the theory.

Fact 7
His cremated remains were buried in his mother’s grave at the Parish of the Ascension Burial Ground in Cambridge and there is a gravestone for him at Yealand Quaker Meeting in Yealand Conyers, Lancashire.

Fact 8
Eddington is recognized for developing a measure of a cyclist's long distance riding accomplishments.

Fact 9
He has won the Bruce Medal of Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1924), Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1924), Henry Draper Medal of the National Academy of Sciences (1924), Hon. Freeman of Kendal (1930), Knighthood (1930), Order of Merit (1938), Prix Jules Janssen of the French Astronomical Society (1928), Royal Medal of the Royal Society (1928) and Smith's Prize (1907).

Fact 10
The Lunar crater Eddington, asteroid 2761 Eddington, Eddington Tower (University of Essex), Royal Astronomical Society's Eddington Medal and Eddington Astronomical Society are all named after him.


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Was a British astrophysicist of the early 20th century.

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