Albert Einstein has been called one of the freest people who ever lived. He didn't let anything hold back his imagination and it powered him to completely new places. As a great humanitarian, Einstein supported causes that helped people around the globe. Take a trip through his incredible life and see for yourself!
|Albert Einstein is born on March 14 to a Jewish family in Ulm, Germany.|
|Receives a compass from his dad, which sparks his curiosity about how things work. This curiosity leads to a lifelong love of physics, mathematics and philosophy.|
|Starts playing the violin.|
|Enrolls in university in Switzerland and gives up German citizenship. He later becomes a Swiss citizen.|
|After graduating from Zurich Polytechnic Institute, he takes a job in a Swiss patent office.|
|Becomes a worldwide celebrity when Sir Arthur Eddington confirms his 1915 General Theory of Relativity. Begins to use his celebrity to champion causes he believes in, including the formation of a Jewish state.|
|Wins the Nobel Prize in Physics.|
|While in Jerusalem, he delivers the first scientific lecture at The Hebrew University.|
|Signs a document with Gandhi against forcing men into military service.|
|Spends several months teaching at CalTech in Pasadena, California, where his fame leads to contact with movie stars and other celebrities.|
|Gives up his job at a school in Germany as the Nazi party comes to power. Joins the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University in New Jersey.|
|Writes to President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging U.S. to develop atomic energy research. He is concerned that Nazi Germany's research will soon allow it to build an atomic bomb. Later, he regrets sending the letter.|
|Becomes a U.S. citizen.|
|Turns down an offer from the State of Israel, which is 4 years old, to be its president.|
Speaks out against the mistreatment of those unjustly accused of being communists during the era of McCarthyism.
|Dies on April 18 at Princeton Hospital.|
TIME magazine names Einstein "Person of the Century."