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Nov 2016

Albert Einstein – a biography

A biography:

Albert Einstein was a German theoretical physicist famous for his contributions to quantum mechanics and his creation and development of general and special relativity. Einstein won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to physics, officially stated to be for his discovery of the photoelectric effect as it was the only discovery he had made at the time which met the requirements for the prize, despite his many other important contributions. He is a well known figure in popular culture due to his unusual look and unique outlook on life.


Early life

Albert Einstein was born on the 14th of March, 1879, in the town of Ulm in Wurttemberg, Germany, to Hermann Einstein and Pauline Koch. Hermann Einstein was an electrical engineer, at one point almost asked to supply Berlin’s electricity, but his use of direct current equipment meant he could not compete with the more popular alternating current. This disadvantage meant that Einstein’s family had to travel to Italy. Albert decided to stay in Munich to continue his studies in electrical engineering. Einstein never really enjoyed his course and hated his teachers, so he decided to drop out and move to Italy. After travelling around Italy, he moved to Switzerland in 1895, hoping to be allowed to enter Swiss federal polytechnical. He failed the exam, and was not allowed to enter the University. A year after, he revoked his Wurttemberg citizenship to avoid being drafted into the military, due to his pacifist beliefs. This left Einstein stateless. Eventually, he was allowed to resit the exam, which he passed.

Professional life

After completing his university course, he searched for teaching jobs, but found none for two years. Eventually, he gave up and began working at a patent office. Here, he saw how many inventions worked, and this largely inspired his love for science. In 1905, Einstein published his first four scientific papers. These papers were enough for him to gain notice in the academic world. These were found in a few decades to be extremely accurate and would earn him great fame within the scientific community and in popular culture. In 1908, he finally got a job in the University of Bern. In the next five years, he moved from university to university, until a man named Arthur Eddington used the properties of a solar eclipse to prove one of Einstein’s theories, general relativity. This earned him instant fame and he soon became a leading figure in theoretical physics.  Some believed that Einstein deserved the Nobel prize in 1920 for his discovery of general relativity, but some didn’t want him to due to his Jewish descent. They said that general relativity was not worthy of a Nobel Prize as it wasn’t an invention, just a theory. Einstein waited another year. In 1921, he wasn’t nominated, but none of the nominations met the criteria that Alfred Nobel had set for the prize. The prize was postponed and Einstein was nominated for his discovery of the photoelectric effect. After receiving the prize, he travelled the world, teaching and delivering speeches. After the rise of Hitler, he moved to the USA, where he soon became a citizen. Here he helped the development of the nuclear bomb, despite his pacifist beliefs, to prevent the slaughter that would be caused by Hitler and the Nazis. He lived in the USA until his death.


Family and personal life

Einstein was married twice and had three children. During his university course, he fell in love with a woman in his class named Mileva Maric. They were married in 1903. In 1902, Einstein was believed to have had a daughter, known as Lieserl with Maric. It is believed she died in infancy, or was maybe given up for adoption. After marriage, they had two more children, Hans and Eduard. Eduard had a mental breakdown at 20, and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Soon after Eduard’s birth in 1910, Mileva found that Albert Einstein was attracted to his cousin Marie Winteler. They separated in 1912, and were officially divorced in 1919. Albert and Marie were married in 1919. Marie died in 1936, after being diagnosed with heart and kidney problems the year before.


Later Life and Death


Einstein was a committed supporter of civil rights, and assisted the Jewish race in creating the country of Israel. This was recognised when he was offered the presidency of Israel, which he politely declined, saying that he was not suited for a job in politics. Albert Einstein spent his later years looking for a Grand unifying theory, a way of explaining all of the physical forces in one equation, but never succeeded. On the 17th of April 1955, Albert Einstein experienced internal bleeding in his abdomen. The next morning he died, having continued to work on his theory until his last hour. His brain was removed by Thomas Harvey, who hoped that future science would reveal why Einstein was so smart. The rest of his remains were cremated and scattered at an undisclosed location.


John Hills 9TH


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