Albert Einstein, one of the most brilliant men in history. His name is often used as a synonym for genius. However, he didn’t believe he had any special talent, even though his IQ was 160, way over the average. He used to say “I am only passionately curious”.
Albert Einstein was born on 14 March 1879 in Germany. He dedicated his life to Theoretical Physics, becoming one of the greatest physicists of all time. One of his groundbreaking discoveries was the Theory of Relativity and the Theory of Quantum mechanics, the two main pillars of Modern Physics.
He was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, but do you know these 10 fun facts I bring to you about Einstein? Keep reading and explore this genius’s life facts.
10. The Only Female In His Physics Class
Einstein was a teacher at Zürich Polytechnic and there was only one woman taking his class: Mileva Marić. She really liked Math and Science and aspired to become a great physicist. But things turned out a little bit different when Mileva married Einstein and gave up those ambitions.
9. Einstein Loved To Sail
Albert Einstein was passionate about sailing, a passion that never came to an end. He would go sailing in Zurich. The problem was that he wasn’t very good at it. In fact, he was a horrible sailor. He would often ask to be rescued, tho.
8. Einstein’s Sense Of Humor
Believe it or not, Albert Einstein actually had a very weird sense of humor. As a matter of fact, he was often referred to as obscene. He really liked dirty jokes. And since people knew him for that, they would carry along his bawdy jokes.
7. The Famous Tongue Photo
We’re all familiar with Einstein’s photo showing his tongue. This was taken during his 72nd birthday when photographers asked him to smile for the camera. Well, the result was astonishing. He loved this photo so much, he put it on his greetings cards.
6. Einstein Was A Wunderkind
As we all know Albert Einstein was a genius. His intelligence was magnificent. And this has been since he was born. In fact, during Junior High, he would spend summer afternoons studying Maths and Physics just for fun. Yeah, that’s not my kind of summer.
5. Einstein Moment Of Rest
Albert Einstein had a magnificent way of resting his brain when he was tired. Believe it or not, he used to play the violin and he did it pretty well. It relaxed him. He even played in several benefit concerts alongside the famous Fritz Kreisler and others.
4. He Respected His Little Fans
Einstein loved to answer fan mail from his children’s fans. He received numerous letters from his fans, and he always tried to reply to all the ones that came from children. Actually, some of these correspondences are compiled in a book called “Dear Professor Einstein”.
3. He Declined A Presidency
That’s correct. Surprisingly, Albert Einstein was offered to be the president of the State of Israel in 1952. But the physicist turned it down for he stated he wasn’t prepared enough to be a president. He was a physicist after all, so who can judge him?
2. Yoda Was Inspired By Him
Albert Einstein was the inspiration of the most beloved and popular character in Star Wars, Yoda. They use to have a picture of Einstein in the Yoda sculpture room to get inspiration from it and keep Einstein’s spirit in the outer space character.
1. The FBI Had An Eye On Him
After his third trip to the USA, Einstein became a target for the FBI. In fact, he had a 1,427-page FBI file because Einstein was related to some pacifists and socialists associations. They even tried to prohibit his entrance to the USA by the Alien Exclusion Act, but it failed.