Einstein in Time
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. 1879  
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. 1884
Starts playing the violin. 1885
Enrolls in university in Switzerland and gives up German citizenship. He later becomes a Swiss citizen. 1896
After graduating from Zurich Polytechnic Institute, he takes a job in a Swiss patent office. 1902  
1905: Publishes papers that deal with his Special Theory of Relativity, photoelectric effect and the original version of the equation E=mc^2. This has been called his "year of miracles".
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. 1919 The bond that has united the Jews for thousands of years and that unites them today is, above all, the democratic ideal of social justice, coupled with the idea of mutual aid and tolerance among people.
Wins the Nobel Prize in Physics. 1921  
While in Jerusalem, he delivers the first scientific lecture at The Hebrew University. 1923 One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one's greatest efforts.
Signs a document with Gandhi against forcing men into military service. 1925 Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Spends several months teaching at CalTech in Pasadena, California, where his fame leads to contact with movie stars and other celebrities. 1932  
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. 1933 I do not wish to live in a country where the individual does not enjoy equality before the law and freedom to say and teach what he likes.
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. 1939 I made one mistake in my life - when I signed that letter to President Roosevelt advocating that the bomb should be built.
Becomes a U.S. citizen. 1940 America is today the hope of all honorable men who respect the rights of their fellow men and who believe in the principles of freedom...
Turns down an offer from the State of Israel, which is 4 years old, to be its president. 1952  

Speaks out against the mistreatment of those unjustly accused of being communists during the era of McCarthyism.
1953 In the last analysis, everybody is a human being...
Dies on April 18 at Princeton Hospital. 1955  

TIME magazine names Einstein "Person of the Century."
2000 TIME magazine names Einstein "Person of the Century."
 
Everyday Einstein: Humanitarian

Einstein is now a household word that means "genius." During his life, Einstein used his fame to draw attention to things he believed in. He spoke about peace between Jews and Arabs and about finding homes for both Jewish and political refugees. He opposed all forms of racial and ethnic discrimination, such as segregation. He was also an activist for world peace and democracy. Einstein realized that the scientific community can either help or hurt our civilization and believed that scientists are responsible for their actions.

If you were a superstar celebrity, how would you use your fame to make the world a better place?

 
Time E=mc2