11 facts about Albert Einstein – a Short Biography

1. He knew about his position and ability to leverage influence

Maybe a better question than asking Who was Albert Einstein but rather asking What was he? He was a hugely compassionate and understanding man who considered it seems first the well being of mankind. He knew about his position and ability to leverage influence based on his achievements when considering all his actions and reactions. Undisputed trailblazer in his desire to understand his field of physics  with more precision than any two had gone before. Determined to use his diplomatic skill for aid and devotee of the growth of knowledge.

It seems evident where he started the thoughts that could have provoked and inspired this genius to desire one of the most notoriously disciplines in his time and ours – Physics. He was not always resourced with either the skills or cognitive experience to manage offering the world some of the most fact forming hypothesis and opinion of our time. It seems that the situations he was presented with developed his amazing talents.


2. He was born in Germany

Albert Einstein was born to a Jewish family in March 14th, 1879 in Ulm, Germany. Meanwhile raised Jewish he took a three year primary education in a Catholic school. He was married to one of only 6 women, Mileva Maric, who had obtained the privilege to study at Zurich Polytechnic in the same year as Einstein who at the time was only 17 years old studying a 4 Year Mathematics and Teaching Diploma program. Einstein had a daughter, Lieserl with his wife Mileva.

3. He produced over 300 scientific papers, the first when he was 16 years old

He produced over 300 Scientific Papers and the initial copy which would be the start of this torrent of output was ‘On the Investigation of the State of the Aether in a Magnetic Field’. Equally he produced high quality work reflecting on both theory and relativity.


4. He moved to America in 1940 because of Nazi-Germany

Einstein was in America at the time of Hitler’s inauguration in 1933 and in 1940 he settled there because he was a refugee. In Germany he was forced to delist from all his professions and could not obtain any employment suitable to meeting his potential or human rights, because he was Jewish and considered a fugitive.

5. He helped Jewish scientist to escape to England with Winston Churchill’s help

Through friendship with the British naval officer Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson, he was taken to see Winston Churchill and petitions him to help get jewish scientists out of Germany and many scientists were placed in British universities. Not satisfied in that success and knowing there were more fellow scientists at risk he petitioned Turkeys president to assist. That they did and 1000’s more scientists were saved.

6. He was involved developing the atomic bomb

For the sakes of his dream he remained in America, a safe location on which to reach out for help and continue with his dreams. This in hindsight could have been no easy choice as he left a prominent position as professor at Berlin Academy of Sciences and had his texts and learning burned by authorities who rejected the ideas from any Jewish descent. He did use this opportunity with wisdom and alerted the then President Roosevelt to new weapons technology available for research. This became the Manhattan Project and later Einstein would denounce that it should be intended for Nuclear Weapons; despite supporting allied forces.

7. He became American citizen

He had the foresight to visualize without experiment and this is what made him genius. The ability to construct accurately the components of a vision to see the outcome before testing such hazardous knowledge in real time situations, where in reality there are few variable controls. Einstein became an American citizen shortly after he had bedded in his career with Institute for Advanced Study (in Princeton, New Jersey).

8. He was passionate about human rights and fought racism

He was passionate about Human Rights and encouraging positive intervention and so it is seen that he was a member of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Princeton where he was a insistent campaigner for black Africans. He considered that racism was the worst disease and went on to show that his interest covered all of mankind’s development and so became a leader for Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Here he advised to create Institute of Agriculture, Chemical Institute and Microbiology Unit.  He also gave light to the Malaria virus which he considered undermined the 3rd world in fulfilling it’s potential.

9. He declined an offer to become Israelis President

Following this he was offered the ceremonial role of the President of Israel by Chaim Weizmann and declined politely. He did not feel he could accept the offer but was deeply moved by the invitation. Einstein was taught by his mother the piano at 13 and from 17 a noted player of the violin. He had a distinct passion for music and was passionate about learning how to make music. He was self taught at the violin and did not learn it systematically. He learnt using his way, which was faster than any recognized (at the time learning) theories, which surprised the educationalists.


10. He worked until his death at the age of 76

When Einstein was dying in 1955 from and internal bleed caused by the burst of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which he previously underwent surgery for. He was still working on a speech to be given on television commemorating the State of Israel’s seventh anniversary.  Einstein’s work ethic was incomparable, high and persistent. He had taken it to hospital and worked until near death aged 76.

11. He refused surgery and died from inner bleeding

He refused any medical intervention as he wanted to die with dignity. He drew two breaths and died.  His last words were lost to the nurse who did not speak the same language. When he had passed and without family consent Einstein’s brain was taken so it could be studied for ‘genius’ in the name of scientist interest. He remained allied to The Institute for Advanced Study until his death where he previously signed the (Bartram) Russel-Eienstein Manifesto which enlightened anyone so wanting to know the dangers on nuclear weapons.

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