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Albert Einstein is a German-born physicist who developed special and general theories of relativity and the concept of mass-energy equivalence expressed by his famous equation, E = mc2. He won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.
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Key Facts & Information
- Born in Germany on March 14, 1879, Albert Einstein was the first born to Hermann, a featherbed salesman / engineer, and Pauline Einstein who ran the family household. His parents were secular, middle-class Jews.
- At an early age, his family moved to Munich where he attended a Catholic school and showed early aptitude in Mathematics (Geometry and Calculus). However, he disliked learning languages and learning by rote that was popular at the time. His teachers found him to be a slow learner. He then found himself unsuccessful in school.
- At age 12, he picked up a geometry book and read it from cover to cover. He later on refer to this book as the “holy booklet”.
- Einstein was influenced by a medical student and family friend, Max Talmud who taught him mathematics and philosophy.
- At 15, his father’s business failed which forced their family to move to Milan. Einstein was left alone at a boarding house in Munich and was expected to finish his education.
- At 16, he ran away from Munich and followed his parents.
- Even as a school drop out, he fortunately passed at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich at his second attempt. His records showed that he excelled in Math and Physics, but failed at French, Chemistry, and Biology. He was then allowed into the school due to his exceptional math scores with the condition that he should first finish formal schooling.
- He graduated in 1896 in a special high school and renounced his German citizenship to avoid military conscription. Later on, he gained Swiss citizenship in 1901.
THE YOUNG EINSTEIN
- Einstein had a difficulty finding a teaching position after graduation, so he worked as a clerk in the Swiss patent office in Bern.
- He married Mileva Maric, the only female student in his university class, in 1903. They had two sons, Hans Albert (1904) and Eduard (1910), and possibly another child named Lieserl (1902), who was commonly thought to have died of scarlet fever or was given up for adoption.
- While working at the Patent Office, Einstein continued his own scientific discoveries and published his first scientific paper in 1900.
- He completed his PhD in 1905 and published four pivotal scientific works that would later revolutionize modern physics.
- In 1908, he became a lecturer in Bern and in 1909, he became a faculty member at the University of Zurich. In 1911, he taught at Carl-Ferdinand University in Prague and returned to Germany to continue his work.
- In 1916, he published the Theory of Relativity which is based on the notion that gravity and acceleration are indistinguishable (the principle of equivalence) and describes gravity as a property of the geometry of space-time, leading to the prediction of phenomena like the bending of light, black holes, and wormholes.
CAREER AND CONTRIBUTIONS
- Einstein won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 for his work on photoelectric effect. This proposed that light can be considered as consisting particles called photons.
- In 1933, Einstein took a position at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, New Jersey and never went back to his native land due to Nazi strategies to create atomic weapons.
- On April 17, 1955, while working on a speech to honor Israel’s seventh anniversary, Einstein suffered an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He was taken to the University Medical Center at Princeton for treatment but refused surgery and died the next day at the age of 76.
Albert Einstein Worksheets
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Albert Einstein Facts
- Nobel Prize
- His Legacy
- Einstein’s Timeline
- Einstein’s Biography
- His Achievements
- Based on his Discoveries
- Like Einstein
- His Influencers
- We’re all Geniuses
- An Interview to Einstein
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