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Albert Einstein was born in Germany on March 14,
1879.As a kid he had trouble learning to speak. His parents
thought that he might be mentally retarded. He was not
smart in school. He suffered under the learning methods that
they used in the schools of Germany at that time so he was
never able to finish his studies. In 1894 his father's business
had failed and the family moved to Milan, Italy. Einstein who
had grown interested in science, went to Zurich, Switzerland,
to enter a famous technical school. There his ability in
mathematics and physics began to show.
When Einstein was graduated in 1900 he was unable to get a
teaching appointment at a university. Instead he got a
clerical job in the patent office at Bern, Switzerland. It was
not what he wanted but it would give him leisure for studying
While over there he wrote scientific papers.
Einstein submitted one of his scientific papers to the
University of Zurich to obtain a Ph.D. degree in 1905. In
1908 he sent a second paper to the University of Bern and
became lecturer there. The next year Einstein received a
regular appointment as associate professor of physics at the
University of Zurich. By 1909, Einstein was recognized
throughout Europe as a leading scientific thinker. In 1909 the
fame that resulted from his theories got Einstein a job at the
University of Prague, and in 1913 he was appointed director of
a new research institution opened in Berlin, the Kaiser Wilhelm
In 1915, during World War 1, Einstein published a paper
that extended his theories. He put forth new views on the
nature of gravitation. Newton's theories he said were not
accurate enough. Einstein's theories seemed...