Geek who changed the world: Albert Einstein

E = mc2 , one of the world’s most famous equation belonged to this guy, but one of the most important work of his was the general theory of relativity; he is non other than Albert Einstein. He was a German born physicist, mostly into theoretical physics, who laid the foundation of modern physics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1921 for his contributions in physics and the discovery of law of photoelectric effect (really?). His contributions also proved pivotal in quantum mechanics. One of his discoveries, using nuclear fission as a power source, changed the world.


Einstein was offered to be the president of Israel, but he refused. He was offered the job after the death of then president Chaim Weizmann, who died in 1952. Chaim was the first president of Israel and if Einstein was to opt for the job he would have been the second. He died after refusing surgery, his words being “I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.” A brief biography of Einstein is as follows:


14 March 1879
Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg,German Empire


18 April 1955 (aged 76)
Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.


Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, United States


  • Kingdom of Württemberg(1879–1896)
  • Stateless (1896–1901)
  • Switzerland (1901–1955)
  • Austria–Hungary (1911–1912)
  • German Empire (1914–1918)
  • Weimar Republic (1919-March 1933)
  • United States (1940–1955)




  • Swiss Patent Office (Bern)
  • University of Zurich
  • Charles University in Prague
  • ETH Zurich
  • Caltech
  • Prussian Academy of Sciences
  • Kaiser Wilhelm Institute
  • University of Leiden
  • Institute for Advanced Study

Alma mater

  • ETH Zurich
  • University of Zurich


Folgerungen aus den Capillaritatserscheinungen(1901)

Doctoral advisor

Alfred Kleiner

Notable students

  • Ernst G. Straus
  • Nathan Rosen
  • Leó Szilárd
  • Raziuddin Siddiqui

Known for

  • General relativity and special relativity
  • Photoelectric effect
  • Mass-energy equivalence
  • Theory of Brownian Motion
  • Einstein field equations
  • Bose–Einstein statistics
  • Bose-Einstein condensate
  • Bose–Einstein correlations
  • Unified Field Theory
  • EPR paradox

Notable awards

  • Nobel Prize in Physics (1921)
  • Matteucci Medal (1921)
  • Copley Medal (1925)
  • Max Planck Medal (1929)
  • Time Person of the Century(1999)


Mileva Marić (1903–1919)
Elsa Löwenthal (1919–1936)


“Lieserl” (1902-1903?)
Hans Albert (1904-1973)
Eduard “Tete” (1910-1965)

Albert Einstein

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