Did you know that a famous astronomer was born in Kendal? He’s Kendal’s “forgotten famous son” – Sir Arthur Eddington.

Arthur Stanley Eddington, OM, FRS (28 December 1882 – 22 November 1944) was a British astrophysicist of the early 20th century. The Eddington limit, the natural limit to the luminosity of stars, or the radiation generated by accretion onto a compact object, is named in his honour.

He is famous for his work regarding the Theory of Relativity. Eddington wrote a number of articles which announced and explained Einstein’s theory of general relativity to the English-speaking world. World War I severed many lines of scientific communication and new developments in German science were not well known in England. He also conducted an eclipse expedition in 1919 that provided one of the earliest confirmations of relativity, and he became known for his popular expositions and interpretations of the theory.

The “Our Amazing Universe” exhibition features a lot of information all about Eddington, in the form of pictures, letters, and six impressive information-packed banners…

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 …and even some of the beautiful medals awarded to Eddington for his achievements!

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Eddington’s life and work were little known outside of astronomical circles until recently, when he was portrayed on BBC TV in a one-off docu-drama by a certain, rather well-known actor…


Yes, Eddington was played on TV by current Dr Who, David Tennant! Of course, Eddington’s work didn’t take him to the far reaches of the universe to battle alien monsters, but he did travel to some exotic locations here on Earth, and the story of one of his expeditions is told in the exhibition. We evan have one of Eddington’s popular books…

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