If you ever ask anyone to name a physicist, I can all but guarantee you they will name Albert Einstein. The physicist was revolutionary, changing the way we thought about the entire world both visible and invisible. He helped win the war and discovered our universe.
Here we have 25 facts about the scientific legend, Albert Einstein.
- At birth, Einstein actually startled his mother as he had an abnormally big head; of course as time went on it shrank to a ‘normal’ size.
- Compared to an average brain, Einstein’s Parietal lobe (the part concerned with handling sensory information) was a whopping 15% larger than normal.
- Einstein, like all amazing people, had some quirks. He never wore socks as he deemed them useless.
- Einstein loved the violin, claiming if he wasn’t a scientist he would be a musician as he lives, thinks and sees his life in music.
- Einstein paid his wife Mileva his entire prize money from his Nobel Prize, a staggering $32,250 which was vastly more than a professor’s salary back then.
- Einstein married his cousin, his second wife Elsa was actually his first cousin and her middle name was even Einstein.
- For the discovery of the law of photoelectric effect and his work with Theoretical Physics, Albert received the 1921 Physics Nobel Prize.
- Einstein’s first marriage to the mother of his child, Mileva Maric, lasted 16 years and had a contract outlining terms and conditions including the receipt of ‘3 meals a day to his room’.
- He was born on 14th March 1879 in Ulm, Württemberg, Germany. Einstein was classed as a German, Austrian, American and Swiss, and even stateless throughout his life.
- A depressed parrot was the focus of Einstein’s interest during the scientists 70’s. He told it jokes to try and make it less depressed.
- Early in his life, he evaluated patents for electromagnetic devices in a patent office.
- Einstein’s violin was named Lina.
- Einstein had a useless memory; he often forgot names, faces and dates.
- A document focusing on the scientists association with pacifists and socialists was collated by the FBI in 1933; it stood a whopping 1,427 pages high.
- Edgar Hoover tried to keep Einstein out of the country only to be overruled by the U.S. State Department.
- As Einstein neared the end of his life in 1952, the scientist was actually given the opportunity to become president of Israel but being his usual pacifist self, he turned the job down.
- Even though he will be remembered for his work with relativity, Einstein received his Nobel for his work with the Photoelectric effect.
- In New York – buried away in a safe box – lies Einstein’s eyeballs after they were given to Henry Adams; the scientists eye doctor.
- Einstein’s wrinkles and eyes appeared in Star Wars after the make-up supervisor responsible for Yoda based the features on the visionary.
- Einstein loved to smoke; he smoked a pipe and claimed that it helps calm and focus a man.
- Like The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper, Albert Einstein refused to learn to drive.
- Einstein started tutoring youngsters around the turn of the century as his financial situation became so poor.
- For 20 years from 1913 to 1933, Einstein was director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics.
- Einstein Syndrome is the condition of delayed speech in those who are gifted. It was discovered by Dr. Thomas Sowell.
- Albert had mastered calculus by the tender age of 15.
A man who worked on his ideas until the day he died, a man who focused every minute of his life to science and discovery. Even his greatest blunder turned out to be revolutionary.
Whether you class the man as a crazy, deluded domestic abuser, or a scientific god among men responsible for almost every major breakthrough in the physics world, you have to respect the sheer intelligence and brilliance that was Albert Einstein.