Albert Einstein: He was the absent-minded professor who was a genius at work.
Albert Einstein was the man behind the theory of relativity. He was one of the most successful and much talked about scientist. He had led highly successful and controversial life which we find always interesting.
Let’s read about unknown facts of Einstein’s life.
- Einstein was born with an abnormally large head
Mother Pauline Einstein when saw the newly born fat baby Albert Einstein with abnormally large sized head, she thought he was a distorted baby. After looking at him, his Grandmother became so anxious that she started muttering “Much too fat baby, much too fat”. A few weeks later, his head became of normal shape. Unlike expectations Albert started growing as a normal child except for the fact that he was little slow.
- Einstein suffered from Speech Difficulty
In his childhood as a baby, Einstein spoke very slowly. His speech was not clear and he used to take time, trying to fit entire sentence in his head and then speaking it at once in one breath. His parents were always worried thinking he might be a retarded child. There are cases where a number of scholars developed speech late in their childhood. This symptom was later known as the Einstein Syndrome.
- Einstein’s Inspiration: A Compass
As a five-year-old, once Einstein was sick. He was resting on the bed. His father gave him a simple pocket-sized compass, the needle pointing at a fixed direction in the compass created interest in the young mind about science. This remained the much-talked incident in Einstein’s life, which he often mentioned even after gaining the fame.
- Einstein failure in University entrance exam
Albert Einstein failed in the entrance examination held Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in the year 1895. He passed in the math and science section but failed in other subjects such as history, geography, and languages. Einstein was forced to go to the trade school before he re-appeared for the entrance exam and at last admitted to Polytechnic school a year later.
- Einstein’s illegitimate daughter.
After his death, private letters of this great genius revealed startling information about his personal life. Einstein had a daughter born out of wedlock with his former research student Mileva Maric in the year 1902, whom he married later. Einstein never saw Lieserl – the illegitimate daughter and her fate remained mysterious. Lieserl was last mentioned by Mileva in a letter in year September 1902.
- Einstein’s strange marriage saving contract.
Einstein’s academic success and his world tours came at a price. His family life got disturbed and his relationship with his wife Mileva became estranged. In order to solve the problems, Einstein proposed a strange contract to his wife. Few of the conditions in the contract were as follows:
“Conditions to follow.”
>> As a wife, you will make sure that
1. My clothes and laundry are kept in good order.
2. I will receive my three meals regularly in my room.
3. My bedroom & study room should be kept neat. My desk should not be used by any other person in the house.
His wife Mileva agreed to the strange conditions unconditionally and both of them lived together again.
- Albert Einstein Vs Hans Einstein
Einstein had a sore relationship with his son Hans Einstein. His son blamed his father for not sharing the Noble Prize with his mother. Even father–son row got worse when his son Hans decide to marry to the much older lady whom Albert Einstein described as “unattractive woman”. Father and son remained apart all their life. When Einstein died, he had left not much inheritance to his son Hans Einstein.
- Einstein – The Ladies Man
After his divorce with Mileva, Einstein got married to his cousin Elsa Lowenthal. Even He was considering marrying Elsa’s daughter Ilsa from her first marriage. But she showed no interest. Elsa Einstein was more concern about her famous husband. She never objected his involvement with other women. Einstein’s love affairs became known only when his secret letters became public. He was known as the ladies man.
- Einstein’s most favorite and least favorite thing
Einstein’s most favorite item was – his violin. During his busy schedules, meetings, and his world tours, Einstein always found time to play his violin. He loved playing his violin, which gave him a peace of mind. He named his violin as Lina and the violin Lina was always with Einstein in his good and bad times.
Einstein’s least favorite thing was the Haircuts. Einstein’s whitish long unkempt hair always spread out over his head, as he hated the haircuts. But Einstein’s hairstyle became one of the highly popular hairstyles around the world.
- Einstein’s uncommon but extraordinary brain
After his death in 1955, the Princeton Hospital pathologist Thomas Harvey took his brain and kept researching with the help of other scientists. It was found that Einstein’s brain had special and unique features when compared with a normal human brain. Harvey even went on to exhibit Einstein’s brain by keeping it in the jar as he went in his car on a cross-country trip to California.