50 Interesting Facts About Albert Einstein

Last updated on September 11th, 2017

#26. His Masterwork: Einstein considered his general theory of relativity, published in 1915, to be his masterwork. The theory was the first theory on gravity to be published in the 250 years since Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity was revealed. It brought Einstein a lot of attention from all over the world. Soon, he started touring the world and began speaking in front of crowds of thousands.

#27. Left Germany forever: Einstein left Germany in December 1932, a month after Adolf Hitler became the chancellor of Germany. Einstein’s move to the United States was permanent; he never entered the country of his birth again.

#28. Brain preserved: In 1955, after the death of the famous physicist and scientist, his body was cremated and ashes scattered. However, the only part of his body that was retained by pathologist Thomas Harvey at Princeton Hospital while conducting his autopsy was his brain. Thomas Harvey was later fired from the hospital for not returning Einstein’s brain, which he removed during the autopsy. (Interesting facts about the brain)

#29. Unified Theory: During the later years of his life, Albert Einstein was working on unified field theory. His aim was to develop a theory that would explain the entrie universe and all the laws of physics, bringing them into a single framework. However, this theory remained unfinished at the time of his death in 1955.

#30. Copely Medal in 1925: the Royal Society of London awarded him its prestigious Copely Medal in 1925 for his theory of relativity and contributions to quantum theory.

#31. A simple man: Einstein believed and wished that people should be respected for their humanitarian work and thoughts, and not for their nationality and origin. In this context, expressing his cynicism for nationalistic pride, he once said: “If relativity is proved right, the Germans will call me a German, the Swiss will call me a Swiss citizen, and the French will call me a great scientist. If relativity is proved wrong, the French will call me Swiss, the Swiss will call me a German, and the Germans will call me a Jew.”

#32. Refused to become president: Einstein was offered the opportunity to become president of Israel after the death of its first president in 1952. Einstein politely refused the offer, saying that he did not have the natural aptitude and experience to deal with people properly. And he could only understand a little of science and none of human nature.

#33. Einstein could have lived longer: before he died, doctors suggested surgery to Einstein, as he suffered from a burst blood vessel. However, Einstein refused, stating, “It is tasteless to prolong life artificially.”

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Honor for Albert Einstein  

#34. Atomic number 99: Just after Einstein died in 1955, the recently discovered element with atomic number 99 was given the name ‘einsteinium’ in his honor.

#35. Time magazine named Albert Einstein its “Person of the Century.”

#36. Einstein until the age of seven used to repeat his sentences to himself softly. This could be the reason he was considered to be dull during his early childhood days.

#37. His language of choice: in 1923, when Einstein tried learning Hebrew he felt that it was unproductive for him to do so. German was the only language that he was comfortable with.

#38. His last words: on his death bed, he uttered his last words in German to his attendant who did not understand German and those last words of his are still unknown.

#39. Asperger’s syndrome: Einstein during his young age was perceived to be suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome. Children suffering from this syndrome are emotionally detached from their peers and have little to no empathy for others.

#40. Being busy with himself: during his teenage years, Albert always liked to spend his time solving his own problems, playing violin or cards, or constructing something new with building blocks. However, he had the ability to concentrate on things long enough.

#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.

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