Contributors to general relativity

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This is a partial list of persons who have made major contributions to the development of standard mainstream general relativity. One simple rule of thumb for who belongs here is whether their contribution is recognized in the canon of standard general relativity textbooks. Some related lists are mentioned at the bottom of the page.

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  • Arthur Stanley Eddington (early book, Eddington chart on Schwarzschild vacuum, role of curvature, PPN formalism, popularizations of general relativity),
  • Jürgen Ehlers (Ehlers vacuum family, symmetries of PP waves, spacetime view of gravitational lensing, Newtonian limit),
  • Albert Einstein (the creator of general relativity, with various contributions too important to attempt to summarize here),
  • George F. R. Ellis (relativistic cosmological models, classification of curvature singularities, averaging problem in cosmology, gauge-invariant linear perturbations of spatially homogeneous cosmologies, "small universes", monograph, Virbhadra–Ellis lens equation),
  • Roberto Emparan (black rings)
  • G. Erez (Erez/Rosen vacuum),
  • Frederick J. Ernst (Ernst vacuum family, Ernst equation, solution generating methods, Ernst/Wild electrovacuum),
  • Loránd Eötvös (Weak Equivalence Principle experiment),
  • Frank B. Estabrook (hyperbolic formulations of the EFE),

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  • S. O'Brien (O'Brien/Synge matching conditions),
  • Peter O'Donnell (Lanczos potential theory),
  • Niall Ó Murchadha (initial value formulation, proof of the Penrose inequality in spherical symmetry (with E. Malec), mathematical relativity including analysis of quasi-local mass and the constraint equations),
  • Robert Oppenheimer (gravitational collapse, OS dust),
  • Amos Ori (black hole interiors, time machines, radiation reaction, gravitational collapse),
  • István Ozsváth (Ozsváth/Schücking plane wave),

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  • Georgios O. Papadopoulos (Papadopoulos-Xanthopoulos solution),
  • Achilles Papapetrou (chart for Ernst vacuum family, Majumdar-Papapetrou electrovacuums, Dixon-Papapetrou equations),
  • L.K. Patel (Vaidya-Patel solution),
  • Paul Painlevé (Painlevé chart in Schwarzschild vacuum),
  • Roger Penrose (singularity theorems, conformal compactification and techniques from algebraic geometry, Penrose limits, cosmic censorship hypotheses, Penrose inequalities, geometry of gravitational plane waves, impulsive waves, Penrose/Khan colliding plane wave, Newman/Penrose formalism, twistor theory, Weyl curvature hypothesis, highly influential monograph),
  • Asher Peres (gravitational wave maverick),
  • Zoltán Perjés (relavistic multipoles, Ernst vacuums),
  • Volker Perlick (solution methods, strong lensing),
  • Alexei Zinovievich Petrov (A. Z. Petrov or Aleksey Zinovjevitch Petrov; Petrov classification of algebraic properties of Weyl curvatue tensor),
  • Tsvi Piran (gravitational collapse),
  • Felix A. E. Pirani (gravitational radiation, Petrov/Pirani classification of algebraic properties of Weyl curvature tensor),
  • Jerzy F. Plebański (Plebanski vacuum, Plebanski action),
  • Boris Podolsky (EPR paradox),
  • Eric Poisson (black hole interiors, mass inflation, monograph),
  • William H. Press (gravitational wave astronomy, problem book),
  • Richard H. Price (power law decay of perturbations, problem book),

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