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Albert Einstein a German-American phycist gave so much to this country Einstein was born in Ulm on March 14 1879 and spent his youth in Munich where his family owned a small shop that manufactured electric machinery He died in Princeton April 18 1955 When repeated business failure led the family to leave Germany for Milan Italy Einstein who was then 15 years old withdrew from the schools of Munich He stayed a year with his parents in Milan then left to finish secondary school in Arrau Switzerland and entered the Swiss National Polytechnic in Zrich Again the schools here didnt satisfy Einstein He often cut classes and used the time to study physics on his own or to play violin He graduated in 1900 but his professors disliked him and wouldnt recommend him for a position in the University For two years Einstein was a tutor and substitute teacher but in 1902 he secured a position as an examiner in a Swiss patent office in Bern He married Mileva Mari in 1903 one of his classmates at the polytechnic They had two sons before getting a divorced Later Einstein remarriedIn 1905 Einstein received his doctorate from the University of Zrich for a theoretical dissertation on the dimensions of molecules and he also published three theoretical papers important to the development of 20th-century physics The first of these on Brownian motion made significant predictions about the motion of particles that are randomly distributed in a fluid which were later proved by an experiment The second paper on the photoelectric effect presented a hypothesis on the nature of light Einstein not only proposed that under certain circumstances light can be considered as consisting of particles but he also hypothesized that the energy carried by a photon is proportional to the frequency of the radiation The formula for this hypothesis is stated E being the energy of the radiation h being a universal constant known as Plancks
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