Albert Einstein - Young Einstein

Albert Einstein was born on 14 March 1879 in Ulm, in the Kingdom of Württemberg in the German Empire. His father, Hermann Einstein, was a salesman and an engineer. His was mother Pauline Einstein (originally Koch). The family moved to the city of Munich in 1880, where his father and his uncle founded Elektrotechnische Fabrik J. Einstein & Cie, a company that manufactured electrical equipment based on direct current.

The Einsteins were Jewish, but not particularly observant. Albert went to a Catholic elementary school from the age of five for three years. At the age of eight, Einstein was transferred to the Luitpold Gymnasium where he received advanced primary and secondary school education until he left Germany. Although it has been thought that Einstein had early speech difficulties, this is disputed by the Albert Einstein Archives, and he excelled at the first school that he attended.

His father once showed him a pocket compass; Einstein realized that there must be something causing the needle to move, despite the apparent "empty space". As he grew, Einstein built models and mechanical devices for fun and began to show a talent for mathematics. When Einstein was ten years old Max Talmud (later changed to Max Talmey), a poor Jewish medical student from Poland, was introduced to the Einstein family by his brother, and during weekly visits over the next five years he gave the boy popular books on science, mathematical texts and philosophical writings. These included Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason and Euclid's Elements (which Einstein called the "holy little geometry book").

Einstein Timeline - The Early Years

1879 Born March 14 at 11:30 AM in Ulm, Germany

1880 Einstein family moves to Munich

1881 Sister Maja (Maria) is born

1884 The Compass - A gift from his Uncle sparks his wonder

1885-1888 Pupil at Catholic elementary school in Munich
Private lessons in Judaism at home

1888 Pupil at Luitpold-Gymnasium, Munich for the next six years

1889 Meets 21 year old student, Max Talmud.
Introduction to key science and philosophy texts
Religious instruction at school (until 1892)

1892 Einstein is not Bar Mitzvahed. Technically, not a member of the Jewish community

1894 Parents move to Milan
Six months later, Einstein leaves Gymnasium without completing his schooling and joins his family in Pavia, Italy

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Albert Einstein as a child

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving."

- A. Einstein