Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Stramongate School

We were wandering round Kendal yesterday when we discovered this building with a sign explaining that Stramongate School has connections with two famous scientists.

John Dalton taught here from 1781 to 1793. Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, was born here in 1882, when his father was headmaster.

John Dalton worked on developing atomic theory.

As regular visitors to Tlatet should already know, Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington was a British astrophysicist who is known for explaining and confirming the theory of relativity. But when he wasn't distracted by work he devised a measure of long distance cycling. The Eddington Number is defined as E, the number of days a cyclist has cycled more than E miles.