50 Interesting Facts About Albert Einstein

Last updated on November 20th, 2017

#41. Einstein said, “I never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart.”

#42. Right hander or left hander: Einstein was right handed, as opposed to the persistent popular belief that he was a lefty. Left hander people are generally considered to be genius or to have a high IQ, which is why Einstein is wrongly thought to be left handed by many. There are several evidences that support this argument including some photographs that show him holding a pen and paper with his right hand, and playing the violin like a right hander.

#43. Smoking habit: smoking was Einstein’s passion and obsession. One could see the trail of smoke behind him when he walked from his home to his office. He liked to smoke pipe but wouldn’t mind even a cigarette or a cigar. He enjoyed smoking so much that he had a judgmental and calm effect while doing so, which helped him in his job as a thinker.

#44. Sleep was important: Einstein said that he needed at least 10 hours of sleep to function well.

#45. Einstein never drove cars. He liked to walk a lot and drove bike when needed.

#46. Interestingly, he once picked a grasshopper from the ground and ate it.

#47. He gave his ex-wife his Nobel Prize money as a divorce settlement. However, his wife could only use the interest on the prize money and not the principal amount, which was reserved for his sons from the wife.

#48. He received the Nobel Prize for photoelectric effect and not relativity as thought by many.

#49. His eyes: you can see Einstein’s eyes that are kept safely in a box in New York City.

#50. He wasn’t a spy: however, Einstein was thought of as a soviet spy by the FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.

Albert Einstein’s brain facts

#1. Albert Einstein’s brain was removed within seven and a half hours of his death.

#2. His brain was removed in Princeton Hospital by pathologist Thomas Stoltz Harvey shortly after his death in 1955.

#3. After the brain was removed, it weighed 1230 g, which is less than the average adult male brain (about 1,400 grams.)

#4. His brain was injected 50% formalin through the internal carotid arteries before being suspended in 10% formalin. It was kept in a jar for the next 20 years.

#5. Einstein’s brain had a parietal lobe that was 15% larger than the average brain.

#6. Einstein had extraordinary prefrontal cortices, right behind the forehead, which revealed an intricate pattern of convolutions.

#7. The study of his brain reveals that the motor face area in Einstein’s left hemisphere was extraordinarily expanded into a big rectangular patch. This is the region which is responsible for processing information from the face and tongue and laryngeal apparatus.

#8. Research on Einstein’s brain has suggested that it had high number of glial cells per neuron. Einstein’s better-thinking abilities and conceptual skills, are perhaps, the result of this.

#9. Einstein’s son, Hans Einstein, endorsed the removal of his father’s brain for the purpose of scientific research and publishing. However, some recent research claims that the brain was removed without the permission of Einstein or his immediate family.

#10. The great physicist’s brain was photographed from various angles for the sake of future research.

#11. His brain was dissected in 240 blocks (each measuring around 1 cu. cm.)

#12. Forty-six small portions of Einstein’s brain were acquired by the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia.

#13. Absent in Einstein’s brain was the lateral sulcus (Sylvian fissure). Researchers accredit Einstein’s exceptional thinking to this unusual brain anatomy. However, it is noteworthy here that the study was based on the photographs of the whole brain and not the direct examination of the brain.

#14. Hippocampus in Einstein’s brain was also studied to determine the characteristics that helped Einstein in his work. It was realized that the neurons on the left side of the hippocampus were larger than those on the right side.

10 famous quotes by Albert Einstein

#1.Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

#2. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

#3. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

#4. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

#5. “Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.”

#6. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

#7. “Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

#8. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

#9. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

And our favorite:

#10.Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

Albert Einstein – Quick facts

BornMarch 14, 1879, Ulm, Germany.
DiedApril 18, 1955, Princeton, New Jersey, United States
NationalityGerman, Swiss and American
Languages KnownGerman, French, English
Age at the time of death76 years
Field of WorkPhysics and Philosophy
AwardsNobel Prize, Max Plank medal, Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, Franklin Medal, Honorary Degree, Matteucci Medal, Copley Medal, Barnard Medal
Scientific contributionsMathematics:
Bose-Einstein distribution | Einstein field equations | Einstein functions | Einstein summation | Einstein tensor

Physics:
Brownian motion | Ehrenfest paradox | EPR paradox | photoelectric effect | twin paradox | particle in an external electromagnetic field
EducationLuitpold Gymnasium, Eidgenössische Polytechnische Schule (Swiss Federal Polytechnic School)
ParentsHermann Einstein | Pauline Einstein
SiblingMaja Einstein
SpousesMileva Marić (1903-1919)
Elsa Einstein (1919-1936)
ChildrenLieserl (1902–1903)
Hans Albert (1904–1973)
Eduard "Tete" (1910–1965)
Appeared in filmsThe Eternal Jew (1940) | Naqoyqatsi (2002) | Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (1995) | Atomic Power
Height5' 9''
Weight198 lb