With his shaggy unruly hair,unfashionable clothes andprominent mustache AlbertEinstein could be recognizedanywhere. He was thequintessential absent mindedprofessor—a man who wouldforget where he kept his carkeys but solved profoundproblems of physics.
He was agenius of high order whochanged the way we perceive theuniverse with his theories. TheTimes has hailed him as Person of the Century. He was awarded theNobel Prize in Physics in 1921.One of the most brilliantscientists and an extraordinaryman he was also deeplycompassionate and wanted tohelp his fellow creatures. A manof letters he has voiced hisopinion on subjects as diverse asreligion and war many of whichare relevant even today.
Born in Germany on March 14,1879. His father Hermann, asalesman and engineer and hismother Pauline resided in Ulmin the kingdom of Wurttemberg. They were Jews.The family shifted to Munich in1880. The family was not anorthodox Jewish one and young Albert attended an elementarycatholic school. Though young Albert experienced difﬁculties inspeech, he proved to be a brilliantstudent. When Albert was onlyﬁve years old his father showedhim a pocket compass. Even atthis young age Albert felt thatthere was an unseen force whichwas guiding the needle. Thecompass made an indelibleimpression in Albert’s mind.When he was six his musicallycoaxed him to learn violin.
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His Life and Times
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A lber t Einstein