A century after the light-bending landmark event 29 May 1919

20 May 2019 from 19:00 to 21:00 hrs
OBA Oosterdok, Theaterzaal OBA, zevende etage, Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam
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Thinking about the Theory of General Relativity conjures up mental images of Albert Einstein, but it was Arthur Eddington who brought the theory world fame by measuring the bending of starlight during the solar eclipse of 29 May 1919.

20190520-plaatjeAddington-royalsocietylondon-460-bodyThe historic photo that proved General Relativity. Taken by Sir Arthur Eddington, 1919. Royal Society

In this symposium, we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of this historic experiment by four presentations devoted to the role that the curvature of space, time and light plays in all of physics and astronomy.


  • Ed van den Heuvel, Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics and Astronomy, Anton Pannekoek Institute, University of Amsterdam – The 29 May 1919 solar eclipse & Eddington
  • Anna Watts, Associate Professor of Astrophysics, University of Amsterdam – The NICER experiment
  • Elena Maria Rossi, Associate Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics and Data Mining, Leiden University – The LISA space mission
  • Stefan Hild, Professor of Experimental Physics in the Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow and Professor of Gravitational Research, Maastricht University – The Einstein Telescope project

Gideon Koekoek, Assistant Professor of Physics, Maastricht University and National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef), is moderator of the symposium.