64 Albert Einstein Facts: Interesting Facts About Albert Einstein

Last updated on May 10th, 2019

36. Conditional marriage: Einstein lived on certain conditions with his first wife, which she agreed to. Here are the terms of the marriage, which were laid down in 1914 when they were having difficulties in their relationship.

He said (conditions) in the contract, you (Mileva Maric)

A. You will make sure

  1. that my clothes and laundry are kept in good order;
  2. that I will receive my three meals regularly in my room;
  3. that my bedroom and study are kept neat, and especially that my desk is left for my use only.

B. You will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons. Specifically, you will forego

  1. my sitting at home with you;
  2. my going out or traveling with you.

C. You will obey the following points in your relations with me:

  1. you will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way;
  2. you will stop talking to me if I request it;
  3. you will leave my bedroom or study immediately without protest if I request it.

D. You will undertake not to belittle me in front of our children, either through words or behavior.

37. Connections with women: Even after his second marriage to his first cousin, he maintained connections with six women, receiving gifts and spending time with him. This was revealed from his letters, later on.

38. Did you know that almost immediately after Albert Einstein learned of the atomic bomb’s use in Japan, he became an advocate for nuclear disarmament?

39. The miracle year 1905: this year is believed to be a miracle year in Albert Einstein’s life. He published four papers during this year, representing his most creative work. These papers were about the Quantum theory, Brownian motion (existence of atoms), Electrodynamics of moving bodies and the most famous equation in the world – the E=MC2 equation – establishing the relationship between mass and energy. At this time, he was just 26 years old and worked during the day at a patent office.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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)

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. 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.”

46. 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.

47. 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  

48. 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.

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

50. 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.

51. 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.

52. 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.

53. 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.

54. 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. Hans Albert Einstein reported that his father also had this incredible ability to concentrate on the task at hand without getting distracted by the noise in the background or anything as such happening.

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

56. 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.

57. 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.

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

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

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

61. 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.

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

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

64. 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.

facts about Albert Einstein's brain
Image of Albert Einstein’s brain taken by Thomas Harvey. Image source – Wikipedia.org

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, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now, Czech Republic) 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