Most people are familiar with Albert Einstein. We know he was one of the greatest scientists and most brilliant minds of all time. Its likely almost anyone could single him out right off the bat in a photo lineup of distinguished historical figures. We’d immediately recognize his distinctive ratty hair and unkempt appearance. But… how much do we really know about the man? Here are some interesting facts you may or may not know about the one and only Albert Einstein.
Albert Einstein never wore socks. For some men, not wearing socks is a fashion statement, but Albert Einstein didn’t wear socks simply because of he did not like wearing them. He seemed to think socks were an uncomfortable waste of time. It didn’t matter where he was or what he was doing, Albert Einstein was always sockless.
Albert Einstein’s brain was kidnapped. During the autopsy of Albert Einstein’s body, a pathologist involved in the procedure removed Albert’s brain and took it home with him. The body was then cremated and the ashes scattered… minus the brain. The pathologist kept the brain for decades before finally returning it to the hospital where the autopsy was performed.
Albert Einstein was pals with Charlie Chaplin. After their initial meeting, Einstein and Chaplin kept in contact and a friendship evolved. Although it appeared to be a strange match, both were smart, quick-witted men and both strongly opposed Adolph Hitler. Einstein openly condemned Hitler’s beliefs and actions and Chaplin mocked the dictator on film.
Albert Einstein turned common scientific theories on their head. His shocking discoveries challenged and drastically changed conventional beliefs about things like time, mass, weight, motion, space, and gravity. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect."
Albert Einstein could have been the president of Israel. In his early 70s, Albert Einstein was invited by the Israel government to become the second president of the country. The offer was extended following the death of the country’s first president Dr. Chaim Weizmann. Einstein declined.
Albert Einstein’s advanced intellect was evident in childhood, but not overly obvious. Although Einstein may not have liked school very much as a lad, he was not a poor student. He did not fail math as is commonly believed. In fact, he actually did quite well in math and science as well as Latin and Greek. And he was an avid reader, loved music, and was a brilliant violinist.