Although the Wearside Online community deals mainly with the Sunderland area, we do cast our nets further afield on occasions. This is because there are many other situations and people with a connection to Wearside. So here we have a section for other Famous Northeasterners. This article covers 8 pages, clickable at the bottom.
Just to point out that this Famous Northeasterners article has been with us for many years. However, we no longer update the content of this article only. This is because it is about people outside our normal catchment area. But, if you wish to help in the detail of this page, contact us. Obviously, if you wish to add someone to this list, please do so. But please use a couple of paragraphs and make your entry here.
Famous Northeasterners – Page 1
Sir George Biddell Airy
Airy improved the theory of the orbital motions of Venus and of the Moon. In 1871 he used a water-filled telescope to test the effect of the Earth’s motion on the aberration of light. Then, in 1838, he devised a compass-correction system for the Royal Navy. In 1827, he was the first to attempt to correct astigmatism in the human eye (his own) by use of a cylindrical eyeglass lens.
He contributed also, in optics, to the study of interference fringes and to the mathematical theory of rainbows. The Airy disk is bears his name, of course. This is the central spot of light in the diffraction pattern of a point light source. In 1854 he measured gravity by swinging the same pendulum at the top and bottom of a deep mine. Thus, he computed the density of the Earth. He was among the first to propose the theory that root structures of lower density must exist under mountains to maintain isostatic equilibrium. Airy also received a knighthood in 1872.
Like a lot of of English performers (at least in comedy it seems) Rowan’s original aspirations lay outside the realm of entertainment. He attended Newcastle then Oxford University on an Electrical engineering degree. Married to Sunetra Sastry since 1990 Has two children, Lily and Benjamin.
Of course, most people remember Rowan Atkinson for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr Bean. However, he was the bumbling vicar in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). He was also in a James Bond film – Never Say Never Again (1983). In fact, Rowan has many performances in films and television and has much respect world-wide. Indeed, Rowan is one of the most famous northeasterners.
After one season in the first division his transfer to Liverpool was for a then record fee. He spent several successful seasons there before Graeme Souness allowed him to move to Everton. Kevin Keegan brought him back to Tyneside for just over 1 million pounds which was an absolute bargain. He is now part of the England coaching staff. The locally born striker still ranks high amongst the greats who have played for NUFC.