Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany. He grew up in a Jewish family that was not especially religious. His family was middle class and conventional. Einstein was only average at school. He preferred Maths and Physics to other subjects. Only towards the end of his schooling did he bloom. He was a late developer. He went on to university. That was highly unusual at the time. Only a tiny percentage of people went on to third level education in those days. At university Einstein really excelled. He went on to do a doctorate. This involved writing a book called a thesis. A thesis is about a very narrow area of a subject. His thesis then had to be defended before a board. The board consisted of a few professors of Physics. They read his thesis and critiqued it. Einstein was interviewed by the board who probed him about the thesis. He was awarded his doctorate. This is standard procedure for a doctorate. A doctorate is also called a PhD. After that time Albert Einstein was allowed to call himself Dr Einstein. He studied languages and acquired fluency in English which was very rare back then.
In the First World War he was in Berne, Switzerland. The Swiss were neutral in the war. You can still see the flat that he lived in there. It is not worth visiting unless you are fascinated by the man.
After the war he returned to Germany. He continued his research into Physics. He came up with his theory of Relativity. He was not very political but was broadly liberal. In 1933 the Nazi Party became the Government of Germany. Einstein was disturbed by the Nazis getting into office. As a Jewish person he faced discrimination. Albert made a remark about Christian leaders being some of those who spoke out against the Nazis. This was later misused by Christian apologists. He chose to emigrate.
Einstein moved to the US. He found a position at Yale University. Einstein was eventually made a professor He became an American citizen. Albert became very famous. He was invited to address the Oxford Union. That is the debating society of Oxford University.
Despite the man’s anti-intellectualism. He was impish and humorous.
Einstein was married twice. He had three children. The professor died in 1955.
- Where was he born?
- Was he clever at first?
- Where did he spend the First World War?
- Why did he leave Germany in the 1930s?
- Which country did he shift to?
- Did he become an American?
- What was his main theory?
- What is a PhD?
- Which debating society did he address?
- When did he die?