Sir Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), Astronomer
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Plumian Professor of Astronomy, Cambridge. The loss of so many distinguished young scientists in the early years of the First World War caused the Government to 'protect its potential national treasures' and Eddington, a Quaker, was not conscripted. The Government's faith was fully justified by the important part Eddington played in the analysis of the Solar Eclipse in 1919. His findings helped to provide the proof of Einstein's Theories of Relativity and he did much to make theoretical physics comprehensible to the general public in a number of important books.