Remembering Einstein: The most influential physicists of 20th century


MNA Feature Desk: One of the most influential physicists of the 20th century, Albert Einstein passed away on this day, April 18, in the year 1955, in Princeton, New Jersey, from an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

After his death, while performing the autopsy, Princeton pathologist Thomas Harvey removed the scientist’s brain and kept it aside in the hope of unlocking the secrets of his genius. Later, after he was able to get approval of Einstein’s son, Harvey chopped the brain into pieces and sent it to various scientists for research.

In the year 1999, a team from a Canadian university published a paper claiming Einstein possessed unusual folds on his parietal lobe, a part of the brain that is associated with mathematical and spatial ability.

Best known for developing the general theory of relativity and the mass-energy equivalence, one of the most absent-minded genius physicists, Einstein was born on March 14, 1879, in Germany. His scholarly feats have made the name of Einstein synonymous with ‘Genius’.

Einstein received the Nobel Prize for Physics in the year 1921, although he did not actually receive the award until the following year because of a bureaucratic ruling. He received the coveted prize for his explanation of the photoelectric effect and not on his ideas of relativity as then they were considered questionable, though during his acceptance speech, Einstein still opted to speak about relativity.