Sunday, December 21, 2008

Albert Einstein's Only Friend

The young boy in the picture is Albert Einstein, who grew up to be perhaps the most famous scientist of all times. But what about the little girl? That, dear readers, was Maja Einstein, Albert’s sister and only friend during his childhood:
On November 18 in 1881 Albert Einstein’s (1879–1955) sister Maria – called Maja – was born in Munich. Her Jewish parents, Hermann Einstein and Pauline Einstein, nee Koch, had moved from Ulm to Munich in June 1880 with their two-year-old son Albert. There Hermann Einstein and his brother Jakob had founded the electrical engineering company Einstein & Cie. When little Albert saw his sister for the first time he thought she were a kind of toy and asked: “Yes, but where does it have its small wheels?” Maja and her brother Albert got along very well all their life.
Link [wikipedia]

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