(1) Without any indication
he was destined
for something great, Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879. In fact
, his mother thought
Albert was extremely
unusual. At the age of two-and-a-half, Einstein still wasn’t talking. When he finally did learn to speak, he uttered everything twice.
(2) Einstein did not know what to do with other children and his playmates called him “Brother Boring.” Because of that, the youngster played by himself much of the time. He especially loved mechanical
toys and looked for them everywhere he went. Looking once at his newborn sister, Maja, he is believed to have said, “Fine, but where are her wheels ?” Einstein began learning to play the violin at the age of six because his mother believed it was important. He later became a gifted amateur
violinist, maintaining this skill throughout
(3) Unfortunately, that awkwardness extended to school as well. A headmaster
at one of his early schools once told his father that Einstein’s profession
because, “he’ll never be successful
at anything.” But Einstein was not a bad pupil
. He went to high school in Munich, Germany, where his family moved when he was fifteen months old, and earned good grades in almost every subject
. He hated the strict
though, and often clashed with his teachers. At the age of 15, Einstein felt so stifled there that he left the school for good. He then took the entrance
exams for college
and although he failed some, his scores for Physics and Math were so good, they let him into the school.
E = mc2
(7) Einstein received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. He was showered with honors
and invitations from all over the world and applauded by the press.