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Albert Einstein1879 - 1955 By: Doug Billie
Eldest child of Hermann and Pauline Koch Einstein Father ran an electrochemical business At age , his father showed him a compass and he wondered what made the needle always point north. Possibly sparked his interest in studying physics Early Childhood
By age 12, he taught himself geometry be reading an entire text book. From age 6 to 13, he had taken violin lessons. He attended Catholic elementary school until 1888. Late Childhood and Teen Years
Family business failed, moved to Pavia, near Milan, Italy. He was left in Munich to finish his education. Dropped out in six months to join his family in Italy. Late Childhood and Teen Yearscont.
Einstein’s father pressured him to finish schooling and pursue a career. Took entrance exam to Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, yet oddly failed. Middle Years
Director of institution noted his mathematical ability, persuaded him to at the cantonal school in Switzerland. Had a more relaxed atmosphere, which allowed him to be able to study all subjects better. Received diploma one year later. Middle Yearscont.
Reapplied to Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He was accepted. Didn’t like the formal education. Often didn’t pay attention to instructors and cut classes. Realized he wanted to study physics and math was the only way to record his thoughts. Spent time teaching himself newest scientific theories, but still managed to pass finals using notes of a fellow classmate. Middle Yearscont.
After college, held a short tutoring job. Also worked as a substitute teacher at the same time. Landed a position as an examiner at the Swiss patent office. Allowed him plenty of free time to work on some of his most revolutionary theories. Jobs Held Before Becoming a Well Known Scientist
Married Mileva Maric in 1903. They had one daughter and two sons. Ended up divorcing in 1919. Married his first cousin, Elsa, later that same year. Had two daughters of their own and remained together until her death in 1936. Marriages Einstein and Mileva Maric.
Dedicated the last part of his life to working for peace. Supported the new Jews homeland in Palestine. Became one of the founders of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Late Years
Also worked on new theories. Wanted to find one force that would explain all interactions in the universe. Never totally successful at proving this theory. Did introduce new ideas about time, space and gravity. Space and time were not absolute. Gravity and acceleration were the same thing. Also wanted to prove gravity and electromagnetism were two aspects of the same force. Never was able to prove that theory correct either. Late Yearscont.
“The Meaning of Relativity” published in 1922 “About Zionism” published in 1930 “Out of My Late Years” published in 1950 Books Written by Einstein
Einstein had become a lonely man in the last years of his life. His wife died in 1936 and his sister died in 1951. Einstein was rushed to the hospital after complaining of chest pains. On April 18, 1955, one of the world’s greatest scientists died. His body was cremated and ashes scattered in a secret place The Death of a Great Scientist
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