Albert Einstein was born on 14th March 1879 in Germany. His father was a well-known engineer and a salesman. He was born in a middle class family and excelled beyond any body’s imagination. He is till today known as the greatest genius mathematician and physicist who has ever lived. His early interest in physics and mathematics can be attributed to his father’s company that sold devices that ran on direct current.
When Albert was four, his mother discovered that he had a gift for understanding the mechanics of things just like his father; when he played with the compass his dying father gave him. It was Einstein’s mother who many say paved the way for the genius; she introduced him to the world of music that helped him broaden his mind. At the age of 11, he was discovered to be not only a Math’s prodigy but also a physics prodigy too. Much to his mother’s disbelief, he was never good at school, the things that were taught there were too bland for his taste. Some might hate him for doing this but at the age of 16, he revoked his own country’s citizenship so that he could not be forced to join the army. He then went to Switzerland and failed a school entrance exam because of poor French skills. Undeterred by this failure, he took a year to perfect his skill and then attended Polytechnic to study the subjects he loved so much; Math’s and Physics. After graduating he could not find any suitable position. It was in 1902 that he got a shot at joining the Swiss Patent Office; it was there that he conducted research and presented the public with theories that shook and broke open the laws of Physics.
He published a lot of papers in 1905 and became revered amongst the scholars of physics, but it was his General Theory of Relativity that planted him securely amongst the line (or some would say the forefront) of geniuses. But his success was marred when propaganda was started against him and he was marked as both an anti-German and a Jew. Einstein did not waste his time worrying about any of this; he knew that in order to succeed in this world by bringing in new concepts, he would always have to face rigorous opposition before people accepted him. Had Einstein let the ramblings of a few men get to him every time, we would not have benefited from his genius at all.