On This day back in 1879 was born one of the greatest Theoretical Physicist and genius the world has ever known, Albert Einstein. But this year, almost all of the Internet seems to be busy mourning the demise of Google Reader. There’s very little being talked about the greatest Physicist of our times. Not even the customary doodle!
Not that we want to pretend for a minute that we understand all of theory of relativity (although some of us do) or show ourselves to be the keepers of the Internet’s conscience. We just want to wish him a great time with the stars!
Happy Birthday Einstein! Thank you for changing the world.
There are some relatively less known facts about him we’d love to share.
- When Israel’s first President died in 1952, Albert Einstein was offered the position of being the next president of Israel. Einstein, then 73, declined the offer and stated “I am deeply moved by the offer from our State of Israel, and at once saddened and ashamed that I cannot accept it.”
- In 1937 during the setting up of Travancore University Sir C P Ramaswamy Aiyar, then Diwan of Travancore, invited Albert Einstein to join the university as a Professor and the Vice Chancellor for a salary of Rs 6000 per month. Einstein politely declined the invitation, citing personal reason and the desire to join Princeton University in America, to do so.
- Before WW2, Einstein was so famous among Americans that he would be often stopped by people on the street wanting him to explain “that theory”. He finally figured out a clever way to deal with it. Every time somebody stopped him to ask about “that theory” he would say “Pardon me, so sorry! Always I am mistaken for Professor Einstein.”
- Einstein had speech difficulties as a child. It was taking him a lot longer than the other children to start talking and this worried his parents. He had to form the entire sentences in his mind before he could say it. Finally one night at the supper table he broke his silence to say, “The soup is too hot.” His relieved parents asked him why he never said a word before. To which Einstein replied, “Because up to now everything was in order.”
- After Einstein’s death in 1955, Thomas Stoltz Harvey, the Princeton Hospital Pathologist, conducted his autopsy. After the autopsy Harvey removed his brain and dissected it to many pieces and distributed it among other leading pathologists after keeping some for himself. Harvey also removed Einstein’s eyes, and gave them to Henry Abrams, Einstein’s eye doctor.
We don’t do this on every birthday or death. Then why write about it now? Because up to now, everything was in order!
Albert Einstein, the Doer!