List of 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, relativistic stars, Eddington chart on Schwarzschild vacuum, role of curvature, PPN formalism, popularization 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, Oppenheimer-Volkoff limit, Tolman-Oppenheimer-Volkoff (TOV) equation, Oppenheimer-Snyder black hole),
  • Amos Ori (black hole interiors, time machines, radiation reaction, gravitational collapse),
  • István Ozsváth (Ozsváth/Schücking plane wave),

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