Who was Albert Einstein?
He was a German theoretical physicist and philosopher, born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm (Germany) and died in Princeton, New Jersey (USA) on April 18, 1955.
He was Professor of Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and according to Time magazine, "Person of the Century" and the most influential physicist of the 20th century.
A summary of his most relevant contributions to science is listed below:
- The development of the special theory of relativity in 1905 to reconcile the differences between classical mechanics and electromagnetism.
- In 1915 he published the general theory of relativity to explain gravitational fields and applied it to the structure of the universe.
- His formula E = mc2, which relates energy to mass is the most famous equation in the world.
- He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for his explanation of the photoelectric effect.
In 1940, after Hitler came to power, he moved to the United States and became a U.S. citizen in 1940.
He sent a letter to President F. D. Roosevelt warning him of the potential for "extremely powerful bombs of a new type," which led to the Manhattan Project.
Most famous Albert Einstein quotes
- If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I get most joy in life out of music
- I never think of the future: it comes soon enough
- What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world
- Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe
- The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once