Albert Einstein was
born in Germany on March 14, 1879. He was not considered to
be a bright student in his early years. But by the age of
twelve, he became fascinated by the logic of geometry, and went on
to study physics at a university in Switzerland. He
graduated in 1900, and worked as an examiner in the Swiss
government's patent office, where he spent many long hours helping
to decide which patents should be awarded to inventors.
During this time he earned a doctorate in physics and wrote some
of the most revolutionary scientific papers the world had ever
In 1905, while still working
at the patent office, he published four groundbreaking scientific
papers. These papers were of the highest importance to
modern science. No one had made so many scientific
contributions in a lifetime, yet Albert Einstein had made them in
a single year! He became a well-respected physicist almost
Albert Einstein won the 1921
Nobel Prize for Physics, and he traveled during the next two
decades accepting invitations to lecture throughout the
world. Einstein once wrote, "The most incomprehensible
thing about the world, is that it is comprehensible."
He died peacefully in his
sleep on April 18, 1955.