Albert Einstein – The Father of Relativity

Day 54 of Colourisation Project – June 30

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

Today June 30 is the day 109 years ago, that Albert Einstein published his article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, in which he introduced the world to special relativity.

His ideas including the well-known equation E=mc2, foreshadowing the development of nuclear power, altered the course of modern physics and brought him to the attention of the scientific and academic world.

Albert Einstein

Photographer unknown – Albert Einstein 1921 – Coloured by Loredana Crupi

Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. In 1921 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics.” Einstein published more than 300 scientific papers along with over 150 non-scientific works and is generally considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century

In 1933 while on a visit to the United States, Einstein decided not to return to Nazi Germany. He settled in the States becoming an American citizen in 1940.

In 1955 Einstein suffered an abdominal aortic aneurysm and experienced internal bleeding. He was admitted to the University Medical Center at Princeton for treatment but refused surgery. Einstein was content to accept his fate believing that he had lived his life.

“I want to go when I want,” he stated at the time. “It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.” *

Einstein died at the university medical center early the next morning at the age of 76. During the autopsy Einstein’s brain, was removed for preservation and future study by doctors of neuroscience. His remains were cremated and his brain safely housed at the Princeton University Medical Center.

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.” –Albert Einstein

* Cohen, J.R.; Graver, L.M. (November 1995), “The ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm of Albert Einstein”, Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics


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