Albert Einstein was born in Ulm a part of Wurttenberg Germany on March 14, 1879. He did not live there long however as soon after his birth, his parents moved to Munich,
It was in Munich that Einstein began his studies. His for school was the Luitpold Gymnasium. In central Europe a gymnasium is not a place to keep up your physical fitness or a class that you try to get out. In central Europe and especially Germany a Gymnasium is an Academic High School. So much more of the brain is used that brawn.
He did not stay in Munich however and his family moved to Italy. Einstein however continued his education in Aurau, Switzerland. In 1896 he entered to Swiss Federal Polytechnic School to be trained as a teacher in physics and mathematics. He graduated in 1901.
Einstein was unable to obtain a teaching position so he ended up working for as a technical assistant at The Swiss Patent Office. He was not Idle during these times as he obtained his doctorate degree is 1905.
During his time at the patent office Einstein also achieved much of his remarkable work. He did do this not as a job but in his spare time. Einstein began to get noticed and he climbed the ladder of academia. In 1914 he was appointed Director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Physical Institute and was a professor at The University of Berlin. That same year he became a German citizen and remained so until 1933.
!933 there was much political unrest in Germany, and for political reasons Einstein renounced his German Citizenship and moved to the United States. He took a position as a Professor of Theoretical Physics in Princeton. He became a citizen of the United States in 1940, and retired from work in 1945.
Einstein’s contribution to science and especially to physics is known by most school aged children. His name has come into American slang as when we call someone an “Einstein” meaning they seem to have more intelligence than we may have given them credit for. Of course we also use the name for the opposite effect we say “You’re no Einstein” meaning that the person does not have as much intelligence as he or she may be giving themselves credit for.
Some of the best works of Albert Einstein are as follows; Special Theory of Relativity, The Evolution of Physics, Investigation on Brownian Movement. Outside the realms of Physics Einstein wrote About Zionism and Why War.
As the quote at the beginning of this article shows, Einstein saw the potential for problems with technology when the technology become more important to us than other people. He saw the future that we now must fight before his thoughts become our reality.
Albert Einstein died on April 18, 1955.