Albert Einstein was a kind, but passionate man, with numerous talents and a great love of life. At the same time, he was a very hard man to live with, and his devotion to his science often left his love life in shambles. A celebrity, an activist, a scientist, a friend, he was many things to a huge number of people in the tumultuous time of the past mid-century. Here are some very interesting Facts About Albert Einstein that you need to know.
Interesting Facts About Albert Einstein
- Einstein was born in Germany on March 14, 1879. The place of birth was Ulm, Württemberg. He died on April 18, 1955 at the age of 76 in Princeton, New Jersey, United States.
- At birth his head had a weird shape. It is being said that the back of his head was very large but the shape gradually changed to normal within the first few weeks.
- He could have been the President of Israel. When Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, died, Einstein was offered the position, but he declined.
- Einstein said that he needed at least 10 hours of sleep to function properly.
- Einstein was a bad husband. He was often demanding to his wife, and expected her to be like a servant to him.
- He got a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, for the discovery of the photoelectric effect.
- Einstein absolutely dislike socks and went without wearing them as often as possible. They seems pointless and inefficient, as they often ended up with holes, and he felt that shoes alone did the job of protecting one’s feet.
- His brain’s total weight, however, was lower than that of the average person. When researchers weighed his brain shortly after his death, they found that it came to 1,230 grams, noticeably less than the 1,400-gram average weight of the brain.
- Rumors were there that Einstein actually failed in mathematics. But that’s not true. Einstein was brilliant in mathematics and by the age of 15 he actually mastered calculus.
- When Einstein died in 1955, a small notebook comprising of his calculations was found and it has been posted online for everyone to see. You can read it here..
- He had a poor memory. He could not remember names, dates or phone numbers.
- 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.”
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.