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Albert Einstein: A Rare look into the Life of the Greatest Physicists of all time through these Stunning Photos

Albert Einstein was one of the greatest physicists of all time. While Einstein is best known for developing the theory of relativity, he also contributed significantly to the development of quantum mechanics. Both relativity and quantum mechanics are pillars of modern physics. He is credited with creating the world’s most famous equation for mass-energy equivalence, E = mc2. He has also contributed significantly to the philosophy of science through his work. In 1921, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.” Due to his intellectual achievements and originality, “Einstein” has become synonymous with genius.

Einstein published four groundbreaking papers in 1905, sometimes called his annus mirabilis (‘miracle year’). They explained Brownian motion, introduced special relativity, and demonstrated mass-energy equivalence. In developing his particular theory of relativity, Einstein realized that classical mechanics could no longer be reconciled with the electromagnetic field. In 1916, he published his gravitation theory in a paper dealing with general relativity. The following year, he applied the general theory of relativity to model the universe’s structure. He continued to study statistical mechanics and quantum theory, leading to his explanations of particle theory and molecule motion. Additionally, he studied the thermal properties of light and the quantum theory of radiation, which laid the foundation for the photon theory of light.

Albert Einstein was born in the German Empire in 1987. He moved to Switzerland in 1895, forsaking his German citizenship (as a subject of the Kingdom of Württemberg) the following year. He graduated from the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zürich in 1900. In 1901, he acquired Swiss citizenship, which he retained throughout his life, and in 1903, he landed a permanent job at the Swiss Patent Office in Bern. The University of Zurich awarded him a Ph.D. in 1905. Einstein moved to Berlin in 1914 to join the Prussian Academy of Sciences and Humboldt University. Einstein became the director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics in 1917 and returned to being a German citizen, this time a Prussian. During Einstein’s 1933 visit to the United States, Adolf  Hitler became German leader. Einstein objected to the policies of the newly elected Nazi government; he settled in the United States and became a citizen in 1940.

On the eve of World War II, Einstein wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, alerting him to German nuclear weapons programs and urging him to develop the atomic bomb. The letter helped pave the way for the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bombs. The bombs dropped on Hiroshima, and Nagasaki killed an estimated 200,000 people. After learning that Germany was never close to developing atomic bombs, Einstein called the letter his “one great mistake” for encouraging the US to develop the technology.

Here are some stunning childhood, teenage, younger and senior photos of Albert Einstein. These photographs give a rare look into the life of the Greatest physicist.

#1 Albert Einstein (right) makes music with Bruno Esser (center) and Francesco Mendelsohn – 1927

#2 Albert Einstein at The Sorbonne, 1925. He was received ceremoniously at the Sorbonne, in presence of the main figures of the University.

Albert Einstein at The Sorbonne, 1925. He was received ceremoniously at the Sorbonne, in presence of the main figures of the University.

Pictured in the center is Albert Einstein, on his left is Doctor Charlety and on his right Doctor Jenk.

#3 Albert Einstein the Einstein-Tower in Potsdam-Babelsberg, 1921

#4 Albert Einstein on his arrival in New York from Europe on the SS Rotterdam, 2nd April 1921.

#5 Albert Einstein with his wife Elsa, State, War, and Navy building in background, Washington DC., 1921

#6 Albert Einstein with his First Wife Mileva Maric, 1912

#7 Albert Einstein giving a lecture at the 1930 Solvay Congress in Brussels

#10 Albert Einstein and the Russian Spy

Albert Einstein and the Russian Spy

Albert Einstein (C) gathers with (L-R) Robert Oppenheimer, wife Elsa, Margarita Konenkov and his daughter Margot. Einstein carried on a romantic relationship with Konenkov, who was identified as a Soviet agent.

#11 Einstein carried on a romantic relationship with Margarita Konenkova, who was identified as a Soviet agent.

#12 Einstein carried on a romantic relationship with Margarita Konenkova, who was identified as a Soviet agent.

#14 Albert and Elsa Einsteinn California. He is seated while she stands behind him.

#15 Albert Einstein with his graduation class at Cantonal School, Aarau, Switzerland.

#22 Albert Einstein and the Russian spy. Eistein carried on a romantic relationship with Margarita Konenkova, who was identified as a Soviet agent.

#23 Newspaper Headline Announcing Death of Albert Einstein Dr. Einstein wass Dead at 76.

#24 Albert and Elsa Einstein chatting near the steps of building

#25 Albert Einstein with Richard Barthelmess

Albert Einstein with Richard Barthelmess

Albert Einstein getting a few pointers on the intricacies of sound recording from Richard Barthelmess, famous movie star, when the learned doctor visited one of the largest studios on the coast.

#26 Albert Einstein addressing a group of fellow scientists at the Harnack Haus, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany, 1933

#29 Albert Einstein smoking pipe in profile photograph.

#31 Albert Einstein sitting pensively on the deck of his sailboat.

#32 Albert Einstein playing the violin at a chamber music rehearsal in Princeton.

#33 Albert Einstein Arrives in New York

Albert Einstein Arrives in New York

Changing his original plans of not leaving the Belgenland, until the liner arrived in California, where he will spend the winter months, continuing his renewed renovations of modern science, Professor Albert Einstein, left the vessel when it docked in New York, for a four day stay.

#34 Albert Einstein Talking to Dr. Walther Mayer

Albert Einstein Talking to Dr. Walther Mayer

Professor Albert Einstein takes time out from his researches at the California Institute of Technology, near Pasadena, California, to go home for a bite of lunch. He is seen here accompanied by Dr. Walther Mayer, in front of their Pasadena Home.

#36 Einstein shakes hands with Mayor Fiorillo LaGuardia while Rabbi Stephen Wise looks on.

#38 Albert Einstein with Mossessohn, Chaim Weizman,and Ussischkin

#39 Three-year-old Albert Einstein, at approximately three years old, wearing a black suit and large neck bow, leaning against an X-chair, and facing the camera with a calm expression, 1882.

#42 Albert Einstein when he was fourteen years old, wearing a black suit and a calm expression and posing in front of an outdoor backdrop, 1893.

#43 Albert Einstein at the general assembly of the German Bunsen Society. Behind Einstein: Max Planck, 1928

#45 Einstein with his siser Maja when he was 6-year-old

#46 Einstein with his siser Maja when he was 6-year-old

#49 Albert and Elsa Einstein, John and Lora Baer and Arthur H. Fleming, Pasadena, 1 January 1931, 1931.

#52 Helen Einstein, grandmother of Albert Einstein (1879-1955).

#53 Abraham Rupert Einstein, grandfather of Albert Einstein (1879-1955).

#54 Albert Einstein with his graduation class at Cantonal School, Aarau, Switzerland.

#56 Albert Einstein in his study at Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, 1940

#58 Albert Einstein, with Paul Ehrenfest, Paul Langevin, French physicist, centre, Kammerling-Onnes and Pierre Weiss, Ehrenfest’s home, Leyden, Netherlands.

#60 Albert Einstein lecturing to the American Association for the Advancement of Science at Pittsburgh.

#61 Albert Einstein Receiving Telescope as Gift

Albert Einstein Receiving Telescope as Gift

Dr. Albert Einstein peers into the eye-piece of an eight-inch-Newtonian F-8telescope, hand-made by Mr. Zvi Gezari, left, as Mrs. Martha Sharp, right, watches. Dr. Einstein accepted the telescope on behalf of the Elsa and Albert Einstein school in Ben Shemen

#62 Albert Einstein is shown as he received a scale model of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, now under construction in New York City

#63 Young Scientists Meet Einstein.

Young Scientists Meet Einstein.

Five Yeshiva University graduates, winners of National Science Foundation fellowships for post-graduate study, enjoy a visit with famed scientist Professor Albert Einstein in his study at the Institute for advanced Study in Princeton. The five young scientists are left to right: Arthur Taub, Brooklyn; Kurt Eisemann, New York City; Simon Auster, Highland Park, N.J.; William Frank, Brooklyn; and Seymour Aronson, Brooklyn. Einstein told them that 'scientific skill alone will never benefit mankind until it is joined to a thorough understanding of human values.

#64 Albert Einstein outside his home in Princeton, New Jersey, where he is professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies, 1951.

#65 Albert Einstein outside his home at Princeton, New Jersey, 1951

#66 Albert Einstein ponders a problem in his paper-filled study in Princeton, New Jersey, 1951.

#70 Einstein with India’s Prime Minister Nehru at Princeton University

#71 Albert Einstein on his 70nd birthday, 15 march 1949.

#72 Albert Einstein (right) and Madame Irene Joliot Curie, French nuclear physicist, talk informally in the study of Einstein’s home in Princeton, N.J.

#73 Einstein receives honorary degree from Horace Mann Bond, President of Lincoln University. The photo on wall is singer Marian Anderson.

#74 Albert Einstein leaving the hearing of the Anglo-american commission in Washington D.C. and complaining about the glare of the photographers bulbs.

#76 Albert Einstein addressing the Eigth American Scientific Congress here on May 5th.

#77 Einstein with Dr. Robert Oppenheimer, right, director of the Institute for Advanced Study, listens intently to a discussion by Dr. Albert Einstein regarding matter in terms of space.

#78 Albert Einstein and Polish Leopold Infelda talking. Princeton, 1938

#79 Professor Albert Einstein with his wife, Elsa Einstein (right), and Mrs. Theresa M. Durlach, president of the World Peaceways Organization, at the dinner held in the Hotel Roosevelt in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alfred Bernard Nobel

#80 Albert Einstein taking a nap in his yard in Berlin, despite the Nazi threat, in October 1933.

#81 Albert Einstein with Hans Meyer on the sand dunes at Coq-Sur-Mer, Belgium, where the world renowned scientist took refuge from Nazi threats.

#82 Albert Einstein Chatting with Ernst Lubitsch and Others.

Albert Einstein Chatting with Ernst Lubitsch and Others.

Professor Albert Einstein, world-famed scientist and exponent of relativity and the "fourth dimension" doesn't appear to be worried about such complex problems as he enjoys the sunshine with Mrs. Einstein and friends at the winter home of Mr. Samuel Untermeyer, noted corporation lawyer. Left to right: Professor Einstein; Mrs. Warren Pinney of Palm Springs; Herr Ernst Lubitsch, famous German picture director; Frau Einstein; and Mr. Untermeyer. The scientist and Mr. Lubitsch talked over in old days in Germany when the latter was a Berlin musical comedy director.

#83 Albert Einstein with Robert Millikan at Los Angeles Harbor this morning aboard the motor ship Oakland of the Hamburg liner.

#84 Albert Einstein in front of a Justice Court of Nazi Germany, in early 1933.

#86 Albert Einstein and his colleague, Professor Walther Mayer of Vienna, go into a little relaxing dialogue on the beach at Coq-sur-Mer, Belgium,.

#87 Albert Einstein dictates to his secretary, long in his employ, Fräulein Helen Dukas, at Coq-sur-Mer, Belgium.

#88 Albert Einstein with His Secretary and Oliver L. Lampson

#89 Albert Einstein with his wife Elsa Einstein, 1932

#90 Albert Eisnstein with a group of women. He is holding a bouquet of flowers, 1932

#91 Albert Einstein sitting in an armchair and smoking a pipe, 1932.

#92 Albert Einstein smiles at supportors and newsmen out of the window of a train, Chicago, Illinois, early 1930s.

#95 Albert Einstein in reception and banquet at the Reich chancellery in Berlin in honor of the British politicians.

#96 Albert Einstein at a railway station at his return to Berlin, 1955

#97 Albert Einstein with Captain Johannes Trauernicht (left) on board of the Hapag steamer ‘San Francisco’ on his homeward journey from California, March 1931

#98 Albert Einstein with American astronomer Charles E. St. John (center), and an unidentified man at the Mount Wilson Observatory in the Sierra Madre mountains, California, January 29, 1931.

#99 Albert Einstein and Astronomer Dr. Charles St. John

#100 Albert Einstein with his wife Elsa in Pasadena, California, 1931

#101 Albert Einstein with Maria Jeritza at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, 1931

#102 Albert Einstein with his wife Elsa on board the ‘San Francisco’ in Los Angeles. Departure after a two-month stay in California. Among the farewellers: Sigrid Onegin- 1931

#103 Albert Einstein standing beside a blackboard with chalk-marked mathematical calculations written across it, 1931

#104 Albert Einstein with Maria Jeritza at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

#105 Albert Einstein, caught by the camera on the quay just before he boarded the S.S. Belgenland, which is bringing him to the United States, where he will go to make scientific observations in California.

#106 Albert Einstein with his wife Elsa on the steamboat Belgenland on the way to America, 1930

#107 Albert Einstein with his siter Margot and her husband Dimitri Marianoff on the day of their marriage, 1930

#108 Albert Einstein upon his arrival at Victoria Station in London before attending a banquet where he will be guest of honour, 27th October 1930.

#109 Albert Einstein at his English home after fleeing Germany in fear for his life and that of his wife, 1930

#110 Albert Einstein and Man Standing on Desert Hillside

#112 Albert Einstein with his daughter Margot and Russian author Dimitrij Marianoff on the way to their wedding at the city hall in Berlin Schoeneberg, 1930

#114 Albert Einstein with member of the German Reichstag (Parliament), spokesman on foreign affairs for the German Social Democratic Party with and former German minister of finance Dr. Peter Reinhold (center) at Kroll in Berlin

#115 Albert Einstein dictating something to his secretary, 1930

#117 Albert Einstein with his wife Elsa and daughter Margot, at their home in Berlin, 1929

#119 Albert Einstein giving a speech. Tat the Wireless Telegraphy for the 50th anniversary of the invention of the electric lamp.

#122 Albert Einstein with his wife Elsa and their daughter Margot at home in Berlin, 1929

#124 Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

The forest area near Caputh, which the city of Berlin presented to Professor Albert Einstein for his 50th birthday, 1929

#125 Albert Einstein in a deck chair at the Baltic Sea, 1928

#126 Albert Einstein after the funeral of Hendrik Antoon Lorentz, 1928

#127 Einstein, Albert – physicist, Germany/USA *14.03.1879-18.04.1955+ – Albert Einstein visiting Max Laue in Berlin, 1928

Einstein, Albert - physicist, Germany/USA *14.03.1879-18.04.1955+ - Albert Einstein visiting Max Laue in Berlin, 1928

From left: Walther Nernst, Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Robert Andrews Millikan, Max Laue.

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