In southern Germany on the Danube River, there is an ancient port called Ulm. Its greatest history took place in the Middle Ages; when its Gothic cathedral church, the second largest in Germany, was built. A block or two from the cathedral, in an apartment at 20 Bahnhof strasse, Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879. His mother thought that his head was too large and his grandmother thought it much too heavy. Herman and Pauline Einstein became worried that their son might be mildly retarded. Albert's principal said he would never be successful.
At Albert's school the students were required to learn mechanically. He did not do well, because he couldn't think for himself. In 1888 when Albert was 9 he transferred to Luitpold Gymnasium. Where his teacher Herr Re uss encouraged her students to think for themselves. He got the highest marks in his class for mathematics and a sort of scientific language, but he refused to study anything that did not interest him. In the spring of 1895 Albert took entrance exams to attend the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.
Where he pursued a career in Mathematical Physics. Albert published four papers in the prestigious German Scientific journal, Annalen der Physik (Annals of Physics). One of them earned him his Ph. D. and another eventually led to the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics. A third one on mass and energy that led other scientists to the development of nuclear fission and the atomic bomb. Einstein later sailed to the United States where he settled at Princeton to carry on his scientific work. He later became a U.S. citizen in 1940 and in 1943 a consultant to the U.S. Navy.
In 1945, the Americans on the Port of Hiroshima in Japan drop an atomic bomb. World War II ends. Albert becomes ill in April 1955 when he collapses at home. He is taken to Princeton Hospital where he refuses to have surgery on aneurysm in his stomach and dies in his sleep that night at the age of 74.