Albert Einstein
(1879 - 1955)
Died at age 76 Birthday: Mar 14 Sign: Pisces
He was four years old before he could speak.
Albert Einstein is perhaps the greatest scientist of all time. A charismatic genius and a physicist who laid down the foundation of modern physics, and derived the most famous scientific equation, the theory of relativity (E=Mc²). In Bern, Switzerland in 1905 while working as a patent clerk he published three papers in the prestigious journal Annalen der Physik earning him the Nobel Prize sixteen years later in 1921.
Albert Einstein Quotes

  • “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
  • “Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”
  • “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.”
  • “The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
  • “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”
  • “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.”
  • “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
  • “Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.”
  • “A storm broke loose in my mind.”

Awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics.

Began to learn mathematics at age 12.

Became a technical assistant examiner at the Swiss Patent Office in 1902

In 1905 published three papers in the prestigious journal Annalen der Physik earning him the Nobel Prize. It is said that anyone of these papers would have made a career for him. The most famous of the papers dealt with his special theory of relativity, which revolutionized thinking about space and time. The paper defined the workings of the universe and unveiled E=Mc². The other papers dealt with photoelectric effect, which developed understanding of light and the Brownian motion, which is the motion of minute particles resulting in the first evidence of atoms.

Received honorary doctorate degrees in science, medicine and philosophy from European and American universities.

There were more than 40,000 Albert Einstein documents (1879-1955).

In 2005 after 50 years of being deceased Albert Einstein made $20 Million due in part from $5 Million in image use by Disneyin Baby Einstein's line of educational video's and toys. In 2006 the estate made another $20 Million, other deceased winners include Elvis Presley ($42 million), Charles M. Schulz ($35 million), and Marilyn Monroe ($8Million).

Charlie Chaplin once said to Einstein, “The people applaud me because everyone understands me, and they applaud you because no one understands you.”

The Swiss Mint minted coins in honor of Einstein. Le Corbusier also has coins minted by the mint.

by Albert Einstein
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery -- even if mixed with fear -- that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man... I am satisfied with the mystery of life's eternity and with a knowledge, a sense, of the marvelous structure of existence -- as well as the humble attempt to understand even a tiny portion of the Reason that manifests itself in nature."

April 18, 1955: Three days prior he was admitted to the hospital. He died from internal bleeding due to a ruptured aortic aneurism. An average of 15,000 Americans die from it. His brain was removed and preserved and his body was cremated.

In 1999 a test of his brain revealed two starting facts. First that his parietal operculum region was missing and, to compensate, his inferior parietal lobe was 15% wider than normal and second that his brain contained 73% more glial cells than the average brain.

US President Dwight Eisenhower said in a statement following his death:
"No other man contributed so much to the vast expansion of the 20th century knowledge.
"Yet no other man was more modest in the possession of the power that is knowledge, more sure that power without wisdom is deadly.
"To all who live in the nuclear age, Albert Einstein exemplified the mighty creative ability of the individual in a free society."

Shortly after his death the ninety-ninth element in the periodic table was discovered was named "einsteinium." Einsteinium was actually discovered in 1952, but held in secrecy due to the cold war, but were released in 1955.