Who: German theoretical physicist.
What: Developed the general theory of relativity, won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Where: Born in Germany, lived in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and the United States.
Why: He had a lifelong love of learning.
When: 14th March 1879 – 18th April 1955
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein was so unbelievably clever; his name has become synonymous with genius. In his lifetime, he developed the special theory of relativity, a theory of gravitation, the general theory of relativity, work on particle theory and Brownian motion (the motion of molecules), Bose-Einstein condensates, and laid the groundwork for quantum theory and the theory of light as photon particles. After studying at the University of Zurich, he worked briefly as a clerk in a Swiss Patent Office, before publishing his special theory of relativity in 1905. He devoted his life to the pursuit of knowledge as whole, and specifically the development of a Unified Field Theory, a single theoretical framework that could account for all the fundamental forces of nature. He died in Princeton, New Jersey in 1955, leaving behind a legacy only one of the greatest thinkers of all time could have achieved.