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ALBERT EINSTEIN

Albert Einstein is perhaps the most famous scientist of all time. Both his image and brilliant work on theoretical physics live on today and he serves as an inspiration to young scientists around the world.

  • NAME: Albert Einstein

  • OCCUPATION: Physicist

  • BIRTH DATE: March 14, 1879

  • DEATH DATE: April 18, 1955

  • EDUCATION: Luitpold Gymnasium, Eidgenössische Polytechnische Schule (Swiss Federal Polytechnic School)

  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Ulm, Württemberg, Germany

  • PLACE OF DEATH: Princeton, New Jersey

  • Even when very young, Einstein showed great ability in both math’s and science. He was naturally curious and had a brilliant analytical mind.

  • Einstein worked in a patent office evaluating patents for electromagnetic devices not long after he graduated.

  • He produced perhaps one of the most famous equations ever: E = mc² (energy equals mass multiplied by the speed of light squared).

  • He is also well known for his theory of relativity. Special relativity being introduced in his 1905 paper “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies” before Einstein developed the theory of general relativity between the years of 1907 and 1915.

  • Einstein won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on theoretical physics.

  • He worked on many other influential theories and projects including: the deflection of light by gravity, the quantum theory of atomic motion in solids, Brownian motion, an explanation for capillary action and much more.

  • Famous Albert Einstein quotes include: “Whether you can observe a thing or not depends on the theory which you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed.”

  • “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music…. I do know that I get most joy in life out of my violin.”

  • “Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world.”

  • “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

  • As he didn’t talk until he was four, his parents were worried about him. But once while they were on the supper table, he broke his four year silence and said “”The soup is too hot.”
  • He never loved hair cuts and wearing socks while sailing and violin were his passions. He named his violin Lina.
  • After Einstein’s death, his brain was removed from his head without bringing in his family’s knowledge. This immoral act was done by Dr. Thomas Harvey who wanted to conduct a search on his brain. He was later permitted by Einstein’s son Hans Einstein.
  • He had a very bad memory and he could not remember dates and phone numbers, in fact he even didn’t knew what his own phone number was.
  • Once his mathematics professor called him a lazy dog because he could not find Einstein’s interest in studies.
  • He was inspired by a compass which was gifted to him by his father while he was sick at age of 5. It was the start of his interest in science.
  • In 1952, he was offered the presidency of Israel but he politely refused the offer.
  • Almost all of his work is remarkable, but he got unimaginable fame when his paper on mass-energy equivalence was published.
  • He used to charge people for his autographed and donate all this money to charity.
  • In 1951, while leaving a party with his friends, he was rushed by a photographer who asked him to smile for a photograph. But Einstein who was already tired, just stuck his tongue out instead of a smile. The photographer luckily captured this memorable moment.
  • Einstein Had Speech Difficulty as a Child


  • When Einstein was five years old and sick in bed, his father showed him something that sparked his interest in science: a compass.


  • Einstein Failed his University Entrance Exam


  • Einstein was a Ladies’ Man. After Einstein divorced Mileva (his infidelity was listed as one of the reasons for the split), he soon married his cousin Elsa Lowenthal. Actually, Einstein also considered marrying Elsa’s daughter (from her first marriage) Ilse, but she demurred:


  • The Saga of Einstein’s Brain: Pickled in a Jar for 43 Years and Driven Cross Country in a Trunk of a Buick!


  • Albert Einstein was born on the 14th of March 1879 and died on the 18th of April 1955.

  • Born in Germany to a Jewish family, Einstein made many contributions to the field of theoretical physics.

  • Even when very young, Einstein showed great ability in both math’s and science. He was naturally curious and had a brilliant analytical mind.

  • Einstein worked in a patent office evaluating patents for electromagnetic devices not long after he graduated.

  • He produced perhaps one of the most famous equations ever: E = mc² (energy equals mass multiplied by the speed of light squared).

  • He is also well known for his theory of relativity. Special relativity being introduced in his 1905 paper “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies” before Einstein developed the theory of general relativity between the years of 1907 and 1915.

  • Einstein won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on theoretical physics.

  • He worked on many other influential theories and projects including: the deflection of light by gravity, the quantum theory of atomic motion in solids, Brownian motion, an explanation for capillary action and much more.

  • Famous Albert Einstein quotes include: "Whether you can observe a thing or not depends on the theory which you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed."

  • "If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.... I do know that I get most joy in life out of my violin."

  • "Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world."

  • "I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."