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1879 - 1955

Photograph of Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein (1879-1955), the greatest physicist of the 20th century, regarded his work as mere stepping stones for those who would come after to advance science. Though he is famous for turning the physics world upside down with his theory of relativity, Einstein was also heavily involved in both pacifist and civil rights movements.

Awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921, Einstein was confident years earlier that he would one day win the prize. To paraphrase his own words, Einstein stated that God gave him stubbornness and a keen scent, nothing more.

Einstein was born in Germany, but also lived in both Italy and Switzerland before moving to New Jersey in 1933 where he took a job as professor of Theoretical Physics at Princeton. For the rest of his life, he would work on developing his unified field theory and theories surrounding relativity like, time travel, black holes, and the creation of the universe.

To his regret, Einstein wrote to Franklin D. Roosevelt urging him to develop an atomic bomb before the Nazis. However, when he saw his famous E=mc2 used in the most horrendous way – the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 – Einstein could only say, “Horrible, horrible.”

He wrote many famous and significant books, with Relativity and The Evolution of Physics being two of the best known, and Why War? and My Philosophy being important non-scientific books. Einstein died in 1955 at the age of 76, regarded as a genius, and the most influential physicist of the 20th century.