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As a small child in Germany, he worried his parents because he was so slow in learning to talk. In school he was considered a dull pupil, a boy with few friends who preferred to spend his time alone. He was good in mathematics, but had no gift for languages, and at the age of fifteen he was asked to leave school because of his indifference to study. He sought to continue his education in Switzerland, but failed his first college exams. He eventually was admitted to the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School, where he compiled a rather mediocre academic record, although he showed flashes of brilliance in math and science.

After graduation, he found and lost three teaching jobs before securing a position in the Swiss patent office. The job wasn’t difficult and left him time to continue his scientific studies. He devoted all his energy to pursuing a theory which had interested his mind for several years, and, at the age of twenty-six, he submitted his findings to a physical journal. The publication of that paper was to have a great impact upon the scientific community. It attracted the attention of scholars all over the world, and soon he became internationally known. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics, yet, just a few years later, his work was attacked and ridiculed, and he was forced to leave the country.

He was perhaps the most respected scientist in the world when he was forced to flee Germany, as he was the object of scorn and hatred since he was a Jew. So he came to the United States and became an American citizen, spending the rest of his life enriching the scientific knowledge of this nation. The kindly, eccentric genius, once a school dropout, made the nuclear age a reality by unlocking the deepest mysteries of the universe with his famous formula, E=mc2 …the equation for Dr. Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity.

From “America s Great” by Gene Moss