Acton Smee Ayrton
British politicianDied when: 70 years 117 days (843 months)
Star Sign: Leo
Acton Smee Ayrton (5 August 1816 – 30 November 1886) was a British barrister and Liberal Party politician.Considered a radical and champion of the working classes, he served as First Commissioner of Works under William Ewart Gladstone between 1869 and 1873.
He is best remembered for the "Ayrton controversy" over scientific facilities at Kew Gardens.