The year 1905 was Einstein's "miraculous year". Between March and September Albert Einstein
published three important papers which have since influenced all of modern physics. He spent most of his childhood in Munich
, between the ages of 1 and 15.
Einstein was born in Ulm
in 1879 where his family lived at BahnhofstraÃŸe 20. With the boom that followed the demonstration of the commercially viable incandescent lamp by Thomas Edison
in 1879, Einstein's father and uncle founded the company J. Einstein & Cie on October 12, 1880. The Einstein family registerd in Munich on 21 June of that same year.
The Einstein brothers were the first to provide electric lighting
to the Oktoberfest
and provided electric light to Munich's Schwabing
district before losing the contract for providing electric light to the entire city of Munich to a competing company from NÃ¼rnberg
. Albert Einstein himself once had a job as an Electrician's assistant cabling the Schottenhammel Oktoberfest tent
In Munich, the family lived registered on 21 June, 1880 at MÃ¼llerstraÃŸe
3, on the 3rd floor before moving to a new residence at Rengerweg 14 (now AdlzreiterstraÃŸe) next to Goetheplatz
and close to the the new factory building. He did not ever live in EinsteinstraÃŸe
, which is named for him.
At age six (1885) Einstein enrolled at the Petersschule
61 on Sendlinger Tor
. This school still exists today. (Is this definitely true?)
Three years later (1888, age 9) he began attending a Munich school called Luitpold Gymnasium
(Luitpold secondary school). In 1965 the school's name was changed to "Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium". This school still exists today. More information (in German): www.aeg.musin.de
There is another Luitpold-Gymnasium which was founded in 1891. This is at SeeaustraÃŸe 1 in Lehel
but it was never attended by Einstein. Yes, I know it's confusing. More info (in German): home.netsurf.de/lpg
The Einstein family business (J. Einstein & Cie) failed in 1894 after betting on direct instead of alternating current. The family liquidated the company's german assets and then moved to Milan, Italy to continue the company there. Albert stayed behind in Munich until 1895, at which time the family business had also failed in Italy and the entire family, including Albert, moved to ZÃ¼rich. It was in ZÃ¼rich that he published most of his later important papers.
From 5.May.2005 there is a special Einstein exhibit
at Munich's Deutsches Museum
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