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March 14 1879 - April 18 1955
Born Ulm, Germany. Died Princeton, USA.
Albert Einstein was a very famous Scientist, he was mostly famous for his theory of Relativity.
In 1894 Einstein's family moved to Milan and Einstein decided officially to relinquish his German citizenship in favor of Swiss. In 1895 Einstein failed an examination that would have allowed him to study for a diploma as an electrical engineer at Zurich. After attending secondary school at Aarau,Einstein returned (1896) to the Zurich Polytechnic, graduating (1900) as a secondary school teacher of mathematics and physics.
He worked at the patent office in Bern from 1902 to 1909 and while there he completed an
astonishing range of theoretical physics publications, written in his spare time without the benefit of
close contact with scientific literature or colleagues. Einstein earned a doctorate from the University
of Zurich in 1905. In 1908 he became a lecturer at the University of Bern, the following year
becoming professor of physics at the University of Zurich.
By 1909 Einstein was recognized as a leading scientific thinker. After holding chairs in Prague and Zurich he advanced (1914) to a prestigious post at the Kaiser-Wilhelm Gesellschaft in Berlin. From
this time he never taught a university courses. Einstein remained on the staff at Berlin until 1933, from
which time until his death he held a research position at the Institute for Advanced Study in
In the first of three papers (1905) Einstein examined the phenomenon discovered by Max Planck,
according to which electromagnetic energy seemed to be emitted from radiating objects in discrete
quantities. The energy of these quanta was directly proportional to the frequency of the radiation.
This seemed at odds with the classical electromagnetic theory, based on Maxwell's equations and
the laws of thermodynamics which assumed that electromagnetic energy consisted of waves which
could contain any small amount of energy. Einstein used Planck's quantum hypothesis to describe the
electromagnetic radiation of light.
Einstein's second 1905 paper proposed what is today called the special theory of...
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