Exactly how much do you know about the greatest physicist of all time, Albert Einstein?
Facts about Albert Einstein
1. Although as a man of science himself, Albert Einstein abhorred science fiction.
2. Einstein once kept a housecat which would succumb to depression every time it poured.
3. Einstein married for the second time on June 2, 1919 with Elsa Lowenthal, his first cousin maternally and second cousin paternally.
4. Einstein's brain was removed, weighed and preserved by one Dr. Thomas Harvey, a pathologist of Princeton Hospital, New Jersey where Einstein died in April 18, 1955. The brain was dissected into 240 pieces, stored in jars filled with formaldehyde and over the years.
5. The most common misunderstanding about Einstein is that he did not win the Nobel prize for both theories of relativity, it was the man's work in photo-electricity that led to such an accomplishment.
6. As a baby, Einstein's head had been so big that his mother, Pauline Einstein had thought him to be deformed.
7. Pauline Einstein pressured him into taking violin lessons, for which Einstein had a great distaste.
8. At the age of five, Hermann Einstein, Einstein's father, gave him a pocket compass when he was ill in bed. This piqued the boy's curiosity and would later come to serve as a pivotal moment in the man's life.
9. After the death of Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel, it was Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion who offered Einstein the post as the new President of Israel, the offer being presented by Israel's ambassador in Washington, Abba Eban, which Einstein had graciously refused.
10. Einstein's two favourite subjects in school were geometry and philosophy.
11. After graduation from college and failing to secure a job that concerned a line of study in physics, Einstein took up a post as a technical assistant in a Swiss patent office. He would still work on his research in theoretical physics whenever possible.
12. Einstein was left handed.
13. So well known was he in America, that Einstein was incessantly inquired in the streets by passers-by, hoping he would explain to them the two theories of relativity. He was able to come up with a way of avoiding them by replying to them every time he was stopped, 'Pardon me! Always I am mistaken for Professor Einstein!'
14. Einstein did not learn how to speak until age 3.
15. Einstein had a daughter Lieserl with Mileva Maric, whom he never had the pleasure of seeing and whose fate is still open for debate.
16. Einstein's natural hair colour was black and not the snowy white mane he was especially notable for.
17. Arthur Sasse was the fortunate photographer to secure a close-up of Einstein jokingly sticking out a tongue in front of a camera.
18. In 1939, it was physicist Leo Szilard who managed to convince Einstein to warn President Franklin Roosevelt that the Nazis might be developing their own atomic bomb and that the United States should be starting on one as well.
19. Einstein at one time committed an error while helping out a young student with math homework, implying therefore that even geniuses do make mistakes sometimes.
20. Einstein did not attend his own Nobel ceremony as he was then in Japan, where he was giving lectures to thousands.