Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington

Born in Britain, Arthur S. Eddington was one of the most distinguished astrophysicists in the early 20th century. He is famous for writing articles explaining Einstein's Theory of Relativity to the English-speaking world and for confirming Einstein's theory by observations of a solar eclipse in May of 1919. Eddington was a Quaker and did not reject religion in favor of science.

Darrow wrote in his autobiography: "One thing that especially impressed me was the eagerness with which all the religionists have seized upon the cryptic, imaginary, and more or less vapid assertions of Eddington and Jeans. No one doubts their learning and brilliancy in their special field, but that field is not religion. In that they stand like all the rest of us. Their claims carry no authority, but they are to be judged by their investigation of matter outside their realm, and on the consistency and reasonableness of their opinions." Clarence Darrow, The Story of My Life 383 (1996). Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-38064.