Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Ryan Neal
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
Nobel Prize Winning Scientist
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March 14, 1879
Nobel Prize Winning Scientist
Although many of us were not alive during the time of Albert Einstein, he is still one of the first names that you think of when it comes to intelligence. Many credit Einstein with being among the smartest people to ever walk the Earth, thanks to his many breakthroughs in science, including the ever popular formula regarding mass-energy that’s known by just about everybody. Between his unique look and noteworthy intelligence, Einstein’s legacy has been well intact for over an entire century now.
Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany, though he moved around quite a bit while growing up. No matter where he was, though, Einstein was always the smartest child in the classroom. Quickly, many people realized that Einstein was even more advanced than those that were teaching him, which actually prompted him to grow a distaste for school. His advanced intelligence made it so that there weren’t many challenges for him, but he would tune out in class quite a bit to the point where he wasn’t achieving high grades.
While he was going through school, Einstein had plans to become a teacher himself, but ended up changing directions when he got out of college. He had spent several months looking for a teaching position, but was having trouble landing a job. With that, Einstein then headed to Switzerland where he started to work in a patent office. While there, Einstein would start to write several papers in science, which helped him to stand out. Even though he couldn’t land a job as a teacher just a few years prior, Einstein would have no problems going down that path once again.
Early in the 20th century, Einstein became a professor in Switzerland at the University of Bern. He’d spend many years teaching college classes, and in the 1920s decided to leave the country and ended up in the United States where he’d speak at several prestigious colleges. Shortly after arriving in America, Einstein received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922 after having come up with many new ideas in theoretical physics, making him among the most popular and noteworthy people in science.
When asked about how he would define science, Einstein said that “Science is the attempt to make the chaotic diversity of our sense-experience correspond to a logically uniform system of thought,” adding that “In this system, single experiences must be correlated with the theoretic structure in such a way that the resulting coordination is unique and convincing … The sense experiences are the given subject matter, but the theory that shall interpret them is man-made. It is hypothetical, never completely final, always subject to question and doubt.”
After having spent many years as a professor, an award winning physicist and becoming famous, the United States ended up asking for Einstein’s help regarding nuclear weapons after the breakout of World War II. The United States was in a race with Germany to develop the first atomic bomb, and Einstein had said that making one was a certain possibility. Of course, the United States would create and use atomic bombs during World War II, though Einstein himself wasn’t happy with the result.
Einstein had been a pacifist, and said that suggesting to President Franklin D. Roosevelt that the United States could create an atomic bomb was one of his biggest regrets. However, Einstein did say that there was some justification to it, as there was a “danger” that Nazi Germany could also develop them. In the years since, Einstein has become synonymous with helping to kickstart the Manhattan Project that developed the first atomic bomb.
Throughout the war, Einstein remained in the United States where he had become an official United States citizen. He continued to teach and work in the field of science, remaining as one of the most well known people, often being credited as the smartest person in the country. Einstein himself was a bit more modest, though, saying that “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious,” and that his advice to people was “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
At 76 years old, Einstein had lived a very long and fulfilling life, but that didn’t mean that there weren’t many that were sad to hear of his passing in the mid 1950s. After having suffered from a brain aneurysm a few years prior that Einstein had lived through, he suffered from another episode on April 17, 1955. Doctors had offered to help stop the internal bleeding that he had been suffering, but he ultimately refused.
Einstein had told the doctors that it was his “time to go,” and that he didn’t want to keep extending his life. There wasn’t a massive funeral for Einstein after he had died at the age of 76 the next day. Instead, there was a quiet ceremony where Einstein had been cremated, but where his ashes were scattered still remains a mystery. What we do know, however, is that there are few people that have been as influential in the world of science as Albert Einstein. Even more than 60 years after his passing, he remains as one of the most well-known names of the 20th century.