Albert Einstein is undoubtedly one of the greatest minds of our time. His contributions to physics and mathematics are extensive. He was one of science’s first celebrities. Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 at Ulm, in Wurttemberg, Germany (Nobel). His parents, Hermann and Pauline Einstein, were Jewish middle-class Germans, and his uncle was an engineer (Formative). Six weeks after his birth, his family moved to Munich (Nobel).
Einstein began his schooling in Munich at the Luitpold Gymnasium (Nobel). He generally received good grades and was outstanding in mathematics, but he hated the academic high school that he attended in Munich, “where success depended on memorization and obedience to arbitrary authority” (Formative). His studying was mainly done at home with mathematics, physics, and philosophy books (Formative). In 1894, when Einstein was 15, his parents moved to Italy, and six months later, he left the Munich without finishing his schooling to join his family in Pavia, Italy (Grosz). In 1895, he took the entrance exam for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and failed (Formative). He renounced his German citizenship in 1896 (Grosz). He continued his education at Aarau, Switzerland and he entered the Swiss Federal Technical School in Zurich in 1896 to be trained as a mathematics and physics teacher (Nobel). Around this time, he realized that physics was his true subject (Formative). A romance arose at the Zurich Polytechnic between Einstein and Mileva Maric, the only woman in his physics class (Formative). Einstein’s family opposed any talk of marriage, even when Mileva gave birth to a daughter, who was probably given up for adoption (Formative).
He gained his diploma and acquired Swiss citizenship in 1901, but was unable to find a post teaching, so he accepted a position as a technical assistant in the Swiss Patent Office (Nobel). Einstein and Mileva Maric finally married in...
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