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Albert Einstein

On March 14, 1879, in Ulm, Germany, Albert Einstein was born. His father, Hermann Einstein, was a salesman and engineer and the founder of Elektrotechnische Fabrik J. Einstein & Cie with his brother, a company that manufactured electrical equipment in Munich, Germany. Albert’s mother, Pauline Koch Einstein, ran the house hold. Albert had one younger sister, Maja, who was two years younger than him.

Since a very young age, Albert Einstein was great in school. He excelled in his studies. In 1889, Max Talmud, medical Polish medical student, came over for Thanksgiving and became Albert’s tutor. Talmud introduced him to more mathematics and philosophy. In 1894, Hermann Einstein’s company failed to get a contract to electrify the city of Munich and he was forced to move his family to Milan, Italy. Albert stayed in a boarding home in Munich, to finish school at the Luitpold Gymnasium. But soon enough, Albert withdrew himself from school and moved to Milan with his family. 

Luckily, Einstein was able to apply to the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zürich, Switzerland. He did very well on the mathematics and physics exam, but since he was lacking a high school diploma, he needed to get that first. He went to a special High School and graduated when he was 17 in 1896. In Zurich, he met many students who became friends and his future wife, Mileva Maric. But after he graduated from the Polytechnic Institute, he faced many big problems. He was turned down for every academic position that he applied for. His parents did not approve of his love with Mileva, and in January, 1902, the couple had a daughter who either was adopted or died of a sickness-the facts are unknown. 

In 1902, Marcel Grossman recommended him for a position as a clerk in the Swiss patent office in Bern, Switzerland. Einstein’s father had become sick and right before he passed away, gave Albert his blessing to marry Maliva. Einstein married Mileva on Jan. 6, 1903. In May, 1904 they had their first son, Hans Albert. Their second son, Eduard, was born in 1910. 

His first theoretical paper was published in a journal and he was awarded his doctorate by the University of Zurich in 1905. As he was becoming more famous and popular, his marriage fell apart. Einstein had an affair with his cousin, Elsa Löwenthal, whom he later married. He divorced his wife Mileva in 1919. By 1921, his theories had transformed the basics of modern physics and he was awarded the Nobel Prize. Einstein deduced the well-known equation E=mc2. 

In 1935, Albert Einstein was granted permanent residency in the United States and became an American citizen in 1940. After WW2, Einstein continued to work on many key aspects of the theory of general relativity, such as wormholes, the possibility of time travel, the existence of black holes, and the creation of the universe. On April 18, 1955, at the age of 76, Albert Einstein passes away due to internal bleeding. Thomas Stoltz Harvey removed Einstein's brain, without the permission of his family, for preservation and future study by doctors of neuroscience.

Many believe Albert Einstein was the meaning of genius. He is known and famous for his theory of relativity and the resultant formula relating mass and energy; E = MC 2. He also is known for many brilliant quotes. A few famous quotes said by Albert Einstein: 

  • "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

  • "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."

  • "Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”

Albert Einstein Biography

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Albert Einstein - Questions and Answers (1901) Albert Einstein - Questions and Answers. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 14 Jan 2013]

"Albert Einstein Quotes - BrainyQuote."

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