Albert Einstein Facts for Kids – 5 Amazing Facts about Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein gave us a new way to the world. Come and check our five amazing Albert Einstein facts for kids.

Albert Einstein Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: Albert Einstein Left School at 15

Albert Einstein was dyslexic and although he had a gift for mathematics and physics, he struggled with the strict discipline of school. Albert also struggled with other subjects in particular languages.

For this reason he decided to leave school at 15, however he still went on to write his first scholarly paper at just 16 years old. Einstein’s father bought him a compass and he became fascinated by it, wanting to discover why the needle always pointed north. It was this compass which inspired his paper and in it he discussed the force of magnetism.

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Albert Einstein’s pointing at the mass energy equivalence formula

Albert Einstein Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Einstein Trained as a Teacher

Although Einstein left school at a young age he decided to train as a teacher. In 1896, he was accepted into the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zürich, Switzerland to begin his training. It was his outstanding maths results in his entrance exam which got him accepted to the school. In 1900, he graduated with a degree in physics and maths. Einstein found it difficult to find a job as a maths and physics teacher and decided to get a Ph.D. in physics in 1905.

Albert Einstein Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: 1905 Was Einstein’s “Year of Miracles”

After struggling to get a  teaching job, Einstein got a job at a Patent Office in Berlin. This job allowed him to look at other people’s inventions that were patented. A patent stops other people from copying an invention. Einstein’s office duties were simple and in his extra time he was able to  work on his own world-famous theories and discoveries. In 1905, published four groundbreaking papers.

This year became known as Albert’s “year of miracles“. One of his famous discoveries that year was the formula: E=mc2. Albert discovered that matter can be turned into energy. Matter is the tiny particles that make up everything in the world. In the equation, ‘c’ is the speed of light,, ‘E’ is energy and ‘m’ is mass.

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Albert Einstein Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: He is Most Famous for His “Theory of Relativity”

The E=mc2 formula formed part of Albert’s “ theory of relativity”. He worked on this theory for over ten years. Other scientists had already been forming pieces of the theory for years, but it was Albert who put the whole thing together. He published the complete theory in 1915. Albert’s theory of relativity helped scientists understand how the universe works and is the reason we know so much about outer space today.

Albert Einstein Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: He Won The Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921

The Nobel Prize is an award for major scientific accomplishments. Albert won the prize for his work in Physics in 1921 and by this time his discoveries were famous all around the world. He continued working on his theories until his death in 1955, aged 76. After his death, his brain was removed by scientist and kept for research to try and work out how he was such a genius.

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Albert Einstein Facts for Kids: Portrait of Albert Einstein

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about Albert Einstein as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic this person is, you can move on to learn about famous people like: Anne Acheson, Frank Pantridge, John Boyd Dunlop, Annie Maunder, James Martin, William Shakespeare, Anne Frank, Hatshepsut, Galileo Galilei, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, T. S. Eliot, George Orwell, Arthur Conan Doyle, Al-Biruni and Alexander Pope.

You can also move on to learn more about STEM like: Electricity, PH Scale, Lasers, Rainbows, Fireworks, Gases, Chemical Reactions, Acids and Bases, Electromagnetic Waves and States of Matter.

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