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Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

March 14, 1879 - April 18, 1955

The greatest scientist of the 20th century.

Albert Einstein was born in Germany. When Albert was young he was very shy and had difficulty speaking. In school he was very good at science and math. Later in life he told about two things that happened in his childhood that caused him to be interested in science and math. One was that he was given a compass and the other was a book he was given a book about geometry that he read over and over. Albert had one sister named Maria. As a child he learned to play the violin. He often said that if he had not become a scientist he probably would have been a musician.

Einstein died in New Jersey in 1955. After his death, doctors removed his brain so that scientists could study it in the future.

Einstein attended college in Switzerland. After graduating he wrote and taught about physics. In 1905 he wrote a paper that explained that nothing moves faster than the speed of light. He called this the theory of relativity and created his famous math equation seen here.

In 1921 Albert won he Nobel Peace Prize for his work in physics. In 1933 Albert moved to the United States where he became a professor at Princeton University in New Jersey. In 1939 Einstein wrote president Franklin Delano Roosevelt to warn him about the possibility of a German atomic bomb. Because of this he became involved in the Manhattan Project, a US project to study and develop nuclear weapons. In 1940 Einstein became a U.S. citizen.

Important Events

During the course of his life, Albert was married 2 times. His first wife was named Marić. They had two children. Their names were Hans and Eduard. Later in life Albert married his second wife. Her name was Elsa.


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