Son of Hermann and Pauline Einstein. His father was a featherbed salesman. Albert began reading and studying science at a young age, and he graduated from a Swiss high school when he was 17. He then attended a Swiss Polytechnic, where he met his first wife. He graduated in 1900, and became a Swiss citizen in 1901. He began working at the Swiss Patent Office and continued his scientific studies. He taught at universities in Prague, Zurich, and Berlin, and continued his research in physics. The onset of World War II led him to move to the United States, and he was granted a post at the Institute for Advanced Study in New Jersey. Einstein was heavily involved in attempting to bring about world peace in his later life, and he continued his scientific research until his death in 1955.IMDb Mini Biography By: anon-14
|Elsa Lowenthal||(2 June 1919 - 20 December 1936) (her death) 2 children|
|Mileva Maric||(6 January 1903 - 14 February 1919) (divorced) 3 children|
Long grey hair and moustache
He was offered the Presidency of Israel but declined, having no political or ceremonial ambitions.
Named Time magazine's Person of the Century. [December 1999]
When he left Germany in 1933, the Nazis put a price of 20,000 marks on his head.
Never learned how to drive a car.
Made a telephone call to comedian Sid Caesar, suggesting they meet to discuss the human condition. Unfortunately, the meeting never took place because Caesar thought they would have nothing to talk about.
Was reluctant to sign autographs, and charged people a dollar before signing anything. He gave the dollars he received to charity.
Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 (for his discovery of the Photoelectric Effect).
Children with Maric: Lieserl (born January, 1902), Hans Albert (born May 14, 1904), Eduard (born c. 1908).
His second wife was also his cousin.
Became a US citizen in 1940, but retained his Swiss citizenship.
Pictured on the 8¢ US postage stamp in the original issue of the Prominent Americans series, issued 14 March 1966.
Pictured on a 15¢ US commemorative postage stamp celebrating the centennial of his birth, issued 4 March 1979.
An element, Einsteinium, is named after him.
Said to be a HUGE fan of the legendary Robert Clampett cartoon series, "Time for Beany" (1949). It is also believed that he once ended a meeting with scientists by saying, "Pardon me, gentlemen, but it's Time for Beany!".
After his death, scientists kept his brain preserved and discovered a physical abnormality. His brain is still preserved in laboratories.
After his death, his brain was weighed and found to be 1.5 kg (2.64 lb). It is now preserved in a glass jar in Wichita, KS.
Referenced in the song 'The Call of the Wild (Merengue)' by David Byrne on his 1989 album, "Rei Momo".
Philip Glass created an "opera" in 1976 called "Einstein on the Beach", inspired in part by Einstein's theories.
His wife gave birth to their daughter, Lieserl, in 1902, a year before they married. They never spoke about her after 1903. It is assumed that she was adopted by a friend or family member. Some speculate that she died in 1903 from scarlet fever. Einstein never saw her.
His son Eduard suffered from a severe form of depression.
He had two daughters with his second wife, Ilsa and Margot. He adopted them upon his marriage when they were both around twenty years old.
Cared little for money. He once used a $1500.00 check as a bookmark and then lost the book.
E=mc2 is Einstein's most famous equation, and it establishes a correlation between mass and energy (c is the speed of light) for the first time -- later practically exemplified in the splitting of the atom and the inauguration of the exploration of atomic (nuclear) energy.
Had Asperger Syndrome but wasn't diagnosed until it was discovered by Dr Hans Asperger in the late 1940s.
Is reported to have kept several sets of the same outfit in his closet so that he could simply grab an outfit without having to think about what he wanted to wear. This quirk was later given to two characters played by Jeff Goldblum: Seth Brundle in The Fly (1986) and Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park (1993). The same quirk was parodied by Jim Varney's alter ego, Ernest, in a series of films.
Elected to the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2007 for his services to science and history (inaugural election). Official induction ceremonies held in May 2008.
In 2000, DC Comics artist Ed McGuiness often used Einstein's formula as his signature, after illustrating a full issue of "Superman: The Man of Steel".
E=MC² was also used in the opening sequence for "Twilight Zone" (1959) with the caption, "A dimension of mind.".
His IQ has been estimated as falling in between 160 and 180, which would signify genius intelligence. Einstein himself never took an IQ test.
Was a Vegetarian.
Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld co-wrote a book, of physics, titled The Evolution of Physics.
Wrote a letter in support of the Scottsboro Nine, a group of young African-American men in Alabama who got convicted of assault and rape in what was widely seen as an unfair trial. H.G. Wells and Thomas Mann also wrote letters in support of the young men.
[giving the most practical, understandable explanation of the Theory of Relativity; how time can expand or contract] You spend 30 minutes with a beautiful girl, it seems like a moment. You spend a moment sitting on a hot stove, it seems like 30 minutes.
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
I do not much believe in education. Each man ought to be his own model, however frightful that may be.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
The wireless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull the tail in New York, and it meows in Los Angeles. The wireless is the same, only without the cat.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
There is a race between mankind and the universe. Mankind is trying to build bigger, better, faster, and more foolproof machines. The universe is trying to build bigger, better, and faster fools. So far the universe is winning.
As a young man, my fondest dream was to become a geographer. However while working in the customs office I thought deeply about the matter and concluded that it was far too difficult a subject. With some reluctance, I then turned to physics as a substitute.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
I assert that the cosmic religious experience is the strongest and the noblest driving force behind scientific research.
I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
[Quoted by Ted Morgan in the book "FDR", Simon & Schuster, 1985] I made one great mistake in my life - when I signed the letter to [President Franklin D. Roosevelt] recommending that atom bombs be made . . . but there was some justification - the danger that the Germans would make them.
[quoted in Life magazine, 9 January 1950] The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind.
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
[Upon learning of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima] If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith!
[Referring to Mohandas K. Gandhi after Gandhi's assassination] Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth!
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
I am a deeply religious nonbeliever. This is a somewhat new kind of religion.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.
The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.
If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
The eternal mystery of the universe is its comprehensibility.
Before God, we are equally wise--equally foolish.
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
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