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Facts about Albert Einstein

15. Albert Einstein was a German-born physicist who developed the theory of relativity. He is considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century.

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

13. When Albert’s mother, Pauline Einstein gave birth to him, she thought that Einstein's head was so big and misshapen that he was deformed!

12. Some say he didn't start speaking until age four. Stanford economist Dr. Thomas Sowell even coined the controversial term "Einstein Syndrome" to describe exceptionally bright people whose speech is delayed.

11. The German-born physicist Albert Einstein developed the first of his groundbreaking theories while working as a clerk in the Swiss patent office in Bern.

10. When Einstein attended college at the Polytechnic Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, he fell in love with sailing. He would often take a boat out onto a lake, pull out a notebook, relax, and think.

9. At 16, Einstein is said to have failed an exam that would have let him train to become an electrical engineer. He left school apparently because he couldn't handle the strict discipline and authority. In 1905, Einstein got his Ph.D and wrote a paper on the topic now called the special theory of relativity.

8. Named the Person of the Century by Time magazine.

7. Einstein's great breakthroughs came from visual experiments performed in his head rather than the lab.

6. provided powerful confirmation that atoms and molecules actually exist, through his analysis of Brownian motion.

5. A common — and incorrect — belief about Einstein is that he had a learning disability. In fact, he was a top student in grade school and in college. But he had a rebellious character and clashed with teachers and professors. He sometimes missed classes to study what he liked, and he ended up with some bad grades as a result.

4. ‘Albert Einstein’ is an anagram of ‘Ten elite brains.’

3. He was conversant in college physics before he was 11 years old, was a ''brilliant'' violin player, and received high marks in Latin and Greek. Before age 15 he had already mastered calculus.

2. In 1921, he won the Nobel Prize for physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect.

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


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