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Old photos of Albert Einstein

22 Jul

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded as the father of modern physics and one of the most prolific intellects in human history. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”. The latter was pivotal in establishing quantum theory within physics.

A childhood portrait of Albert Einstein and his sister Maja

Albert Einstein on his 75th birthday, March 15, 1954, in Princeton, New Jersey

Einstein visiting the observatory of Mount Wilson, which at that time operated the largest telescope

Albert Einstein escorts his daughter, Margot, and Dimitri Marianoff’ to the civil registry office for their wedding

The famous tongue image

Einstein walks through the campus of Princeton University

Einstein gives a speech at the London Albert Hall

Einstein, his secretary Helen Dukas, left, and his daughter Margaret Einstein take the oath of U.S. citizenship

Einstein visiting Mt. Wilson Observatory

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking wedding photo

22 Mar

"Einstein with his Tongue Out" by Arthur Sasse, 1951

13 Jan

You may appreciate this memorable portrait as much as the next fellow, but it’s still fair to wonder: “Did it really change history?” Rest assured, we think it did. While Einstein certainly changed history with his contributions to nuclear physics and quantum mechanics, this photo changed the way history looked at Einstein. By humanizing a man known chiefly for his brilliance, this image is the reason Einstein’s name has become synonymous not only with “genius,” but also with “wacky genius.”

So why the history-making tongue? It seems Professor Einstein, hoping to enjoy his 72nd birthday in peace, was stuck on the Princeton campus enduring incessant hounding by the press. Upon being prodded to smile for the camera for what seemed like the millionth time, he gave photographer Arthur Sasse a good look at his uvula instead. This being no ordinary tongue, the resulting photo became an instant classic, thus ensuring that the distinguished Nobel Prize-winner would be remembered as much for his personality as for his brain.