This timeline starts on March 14, 1879 when Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Württemberg, Germany. His parents were Hermann and Pauline Einstein
The family move to Munich
His sister Maja (Maria) is born
The Compass - When he was only five years old his father showed Albert a pocket compass and he was fascinated by the thought that something unseen was moving the needle
The Einstein family did not observe Jewish religious practices and Albert attended a Catholic elementary school
Albert Einstein is introduced to a family friend called Max Talmud who introduced the boy to books on science and mathematics. Albert starts his quest for facts and information available about the sciences. He attends the Luitpold-Gymnasium in Munich for the next six years
Due to financial reasons the Einstein family move from Munich to Pavia, Italy. Albert is left in Munich to finish his studies but soon decides to follow the family to Italy
He is sent to the Swiss town of Aarau to finish high school.
Albert graduates from high school at the age of 17 and enrols at the ETH (the Federal Polytechnic) in Zurich. He renounces his German citizenship
Albert meets and falls in love with Mileva Maric, a Hungarian classmate at the ETH
Einstein graduates in 1900 from ETH with a degree in physics
February 21: Albert Einstein acquires Swiss citizenship. He completes his first scientific paper on the capillary forces of a straw. Mileva becomes pregnant and moves to live with her parents in to Hungary to give birth to their baby. Albert moves to Bern.
Einstein and Mileva have a daughter called Lieserl Einstein who is later given up for adoption. Albert takes a job at the Swiss Patent Office
January 6, 1903: Einstein marries Mileva
May 14, 1904: Albert and Mileva's first son, Hans Albert Einstein, was born in Berne, Switzerland.
His Special Theory of Relativity is born and he applies his theory to mass and energy and formulates the famous equation e=mc2. Einstein has four papers published in the Annalen der Physik, the leading German physics journal. 1905 is known as Einstein's "Wonderful Year".
Einstein begins applying the laws of gravity to his Special Theory of Relativity.
Albert Einstein becomes a privatdozent (an associate professorship) at the University of Bern.
He resigns from Patent Office and is appointed Associate Professor of theoretical physics at Zurich University
July 28, 1910: Albert and Mileva's second son, Eduard, was born in Munich. He writes a paper on critical opalescence that described why the sky is blue.
Einstein predicts bending of light. He is appointed Professor of theoretical physics at the German University of Prague
He is appointed Professor of theoretical physics at the Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich and works on his new Theory of Gravity
Albert and Mileva separate and live apart. Einstein is appointed Professor at University of Berlin
Einstein completes the General Theory of Relativity.
His General Theory of Relativity is published
Einstein writes his first paper on cosmology. He is Appointed Director of Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics in Berlin
Einstein falls seriously ill and is nursed by his cousin, Elsa Einstein Loewenthal
February 14, 1919: Einstein and Mileva divorce and Einstein marries his cousin Elsa on May 29.
Einstein visits to the U.S. and lectures at Princeton University on theory of relativity
Albert Einstein is awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for 1921
Visits the Far East and Spain where he lectures at various universities
The "Einstein-Institute" in Potsdam begins its activities
Visits various countries in South America. He joins the Board of Governors and Academic Council of The Hebrew University
He begins to develop the foundation of quantum mechanics with Niels Bohr.
Einstein begins pursing his idea of a unified field theory. He becomes ill and enlargement of the heart is diagnosed
Einstein makes several visits to the USA delivering lectures at universities
January: Adolf Hitler appointed Chancellor of Germany
The World As I See It published
The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox is published
Elsa Einstein dies
World War 2starts and Albert Einstein warns President Roosevelt that Germany might build an atomic bomb. He then recommends nuclear research
Einstein becomes a citizen of the United States but also retains his Swiss citizenship.
Works with the Research and Development Division of the U.S. Navy on Ammunition and Explosives
WW2 ends with the terrible nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Einstein is appointed chairman of the Emergency Committee for Atomic Scientists
He works on behalf of the cause for disarmament
Albert Einstein is offered presidency of the State of Israel
Co-signs the Russell-Einstein Manifesto warning of the nuclear threat
Albert Einstein Timeline
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