Albert Einstein was born on 14th March 1879 to a Jewish couple. His father was a businessman and mother, an accomplished musician. When he was born, he had so big a head that his mother Pauline Einstein thought he was deformed. Einstein was a slow starter. He started talking only at the age of 4 but wasn’t fluent until the age of 9.
When Einstein was nearly 5, his father showed him a compass. He became so fascinated with the fact, the needle worked and pointed in the right direction even when the needle was inside a closed glass case. This is what created an unquenchable thirst for knowledge in Einstein.
What Einstein loved most in his life was his violin. Besides that, he loved to sail. He kept these two as his hobbies throughout his life. What he hated was getting a haircut. Also he did not like wearing socks.
Einstein came up with one of the most famous equations of all time. It is E=mc2. It means energy equals mass multiplied by the speed of light squared. He also produced theories about light, gravity, matter, space and time.
In 1921, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his phenomenal work. Later in life, when Germany was at war, Hitler imprisoned all the Jews. Einstein being a Jew left warring Germany and moved to the United States. He was offered a citizenship by America in 1940.
One of little known facts about Einstein was that he was offered the presidency of Israel, but he refused the proposal. In his refusal letter he stated that he lacked the ability to deal with people and also he was getting old.
Einstein died in 1955 at the age of 76. After his death, a newly discovered element was named ‘Einsteinium’ in his honor. Scientists preserved his brain to understand the reason for his extraordinary brilliance. They found that his brain was unusually different from most people.
Here is one of the famous quotes by Einstein that I would like to share with you.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Question of the week – Who is your favorite scientist? Why?