Albert Einstein, the name certainly rings a bell in the heads of all those who hear it. If a person’s IQ level is even slightly equal to or greater than the IQ level of Einstein, he instantly becomes the breaking news. That’s the standard that this genius has set. Having contributed immensely to the world of science and advancement, Albert Einstein is someone the world has remembered for a long time, and will continue to do so for an even longer time. Following his contribution to the field of science, many many scientists have drawn inspiration from this great mind. Being a physicist, Einstein is famously acclaimed for his theories of relativity and that of the photoelectric effect, with the latter helping him receive the Nobel Prize in 1921. Having lived for 76 years, Einstein achieved a lot of things in the field of science, which people older to him couldn’t have even thought of.
In this article, we bring to you 17 facts about this legendary man.
1. He was very passionate about music
Einstein use to take violin classes right from the age of 5. He was very passionate about music and even said that if he hadn’t become a physicist, he would have become a musician.
2. Zurich saw the meeting of him and his wife.
Einstein met his first wife Mileva Maric at the Zurich Polytechnic, during his diploma programme. He married her on 6th January, 1903.
3. He won the Nobel Prize in the year 1921.
Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics in the year 1921, for his tremendous contribution of the photoelectric effect.
4. As compensation, he offered his Nobel Prize to his wife.
After he and his wife Mileva were divorced, Einstein promised to pay her the money he received for his prestigious Nobel Prize, as settlement.
5. He later married his cousin, Elsa.
In the year 1919, Einstein married his cousin Elsa. They lived together till 1936, after which Elsa passed away.
6. He had two children with his first wife Mileva.
Einstein had two sons with his first wife, namely Hans and Eduard.
7. Ironically, Einstein got divorced on the Valentine’s Day.
Irony is it that, on the day which is meant to celebrate love, Einstein and his first wife, Mileva, got divorced, in the year 1919.
8. He was a recipient and winner of number of awards.
Einstein received a number of prestigious awards, including the very famous Nobel Prize, for his contributions to the field of science, especially Physics.
9. An award was named after Albert Einstein.
An award for exceptional contributions to the natural sciences is the Albert Einstein award, named after the man himself.
10. Key contributions of Einstein
Einstein’s key contributions include the Quantum theory of light, the very famous mass/energy equation E = mc2, Brownian movement, Special and General theory of Relativity, Manhattan Project and Einstein’s Refrigerator.
11. His quotes are ones to live by.
12. His lesser known contribution is his refrigerator.
In order to prevent refrigerator leaks, Einstein designed a refrigerator that has no moving parts. This refrigerator was believed by experts to last for almost 100 years.
13. The Google Doodle
Google came up with this adorable doodle to mark the 124th birthday of Einstein, which was on 14th March, 2003.
14. His brain was stolen after his death.
15. His work was to approve patents.
Einstein worked at the Federal Office for Intellectual Property, which was a patent office. His job was to evaluate patent applications submitted.
16. He also worked as a professor at a university in Prague.
In 1911, Einstein worked as a full time professor at the German Charles-Ferdinand University in Prague.
17. He passed away at the age of 76.
This legend passed away in the month of April, 1955, at the Princeton hospital.