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Albert Einstein was probably the most famous scientist of the twentieth century He revolutionized and reshaped scientific thinking in the modern world By general consent he is acknowledged as the greatest theoretical physicist who ever lived Best known as the creator of the Theory of Relativity Einstein would still rank among the greatest scientists for his part in the idea of quantum mechanics for his contribution to statistical physics and for his role as a philosopher of science and as a humanitarian Indeed his 1921 Nobel Prize was awarded not for Relativity but for his theory of the Photoelectric Effect Albert Einstein was born on March 14 1879 to middle-class Jewish parents in Ulm Germany He disliked school because of the mindless drilling He much preferred to study at home especially geometry and books on popular science At the age of 12 these studies came into conflict with his deep religious feelings when he realized that the Bible could not be true He blame his lifelong distrust of authority This no doubt led to the ease with which he was able to discard long-standing scientific prejudices Around 1886 Albert Einstein went to school in Munich He also learned how to play the violin from the age 6 to 13 he also had religious education at home where he was taught Judaism Two years later he entered the Luitpold Gymnasium and after this his religious education was given at school He studied mathematics mostly calculus beginning around 1891 In 1894 Einsteins family moved to Milan but Einstein remained in Munich In 1895 Einstein failed an examination that would have allowed him to study for a diploma as an electrical engineer at the Eidgenssische Technische Hochschule in Zurich Einstein renounced German citizenship in 1896 and was to be stateless for a number of years He did not even apply for Swiss citizenship until 1899 and then got it in 1901 The
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