(1879 – 1955)
Albert Einstein notonly didn’t complete high school, he tried toenter college without a high school diploma.He then slipped away from his boarding school inMunich to join his family who had recentlymoved to northern Italy, using a fake doctor’snote.He later applied to ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology but
failed the entrance examination
! After finallygraduating from college, and for two years afterwards, he wasunable to find an opening in his field, teaching physics. So hetook a job as a clerk in a Berne, Switzerland patent office in 1902.Nineteen years later, Einstein won the
for hisdiscovery of the law of photoelectric effect.By the time of his death in 1955, he had irretrievably changedour view of reality, introduced several critical theories of relativityand on gravitation, published additional concepts onintermolecular forces, quantum mechanics, and the motions of celestial bodies and what we now call the “Big Bang Theory”.Einstein published over fifty scientific papers and is considered tobe the greatest physicist of all time. By the end of his life, he wasconsidered by many to be one of the greatest geniuses everborn.Einstein’s final words, spoken inGerman, allegedly died with him, as it isreported that the nurse at his side didn’tunderstand a word of German. After his death,his brain was preserved at Princeton Hospital inhope that in the future,scientists could determine what made Einsteinso brilliant. In 1999, he was named
Person of the Century
. Einstein wasan intensely human, utterly lovable human being, full of humourand pithy sayings.