Listen: How a Solar Eclipse Made Albert Einstein Famous
"Einstein is one of the most brilliant scientific minds ever to walk the earth. He came up with one of the world's most iconic mathematical equations E. Equals. MC squared which explains the relationship between energy and mass he discovered that time does not move at the same speed at every point in the universe incredibly despite all these mind-blowing accomplishments commits the german-born scientists didn't become instantly famous for his discoveries in fact he almost never became a scientist at all but one event change the course of his life in history a solar eclipse. Einstein studied math and physics at a polytechnic school in Zurich Switzerland but he had trouble landing academic position afterward so he took what he could get and became a patent examiner. Yes a patent examiner. According to the Swiss agency where he worked Einstein nine managed his days meticulously eight hours of work inspecting new inventions eight hours of sleep and eight hours of conducting his own own research while the patent work was wrote and unexciting just a way to pay the bills his side experiments yielded some ground breaking results like redefining the relationship between space and time Einstein got some fancy academic appointments for his efforts but fame no not even close and not even after publishing his theory of relativity in one thousand nine hundred fifteen arguing that what we understand as gravity is in fact from the curvature of space and time and then the eclipse. It was may twenty ninth nineteen nineteen. The eclipse was stunning stretching from South America to Africa large swaths of the world plunged into darkness for more than six minutes a group of British astronomers Novon Stein's work and use the opportunity to test his discoveries. They found that the light from MM stars was being deflected the Sun's gravitational field at exactly the degree on Stein's theory predicted in plain English. The astronomers confirmed that Einstein this patent examiner with a side Hobby and researching complicated physics had in fact discovered covered the source of gravity a pretty major accomplishment the world finally took notice Einstein Theory Triumphs The New York Times declared writing men of science more or less agog over results of eclipse observations. Some people rightfully so came to call it Einstein's eclipse in one thousand nine hundred eighty one. He was awarded the Nobel Prize afterward. He traveled the world rubbing elbows with royalty in Hollywood stars one time he attended a film premiere with Charlie. I chaplain with the scientists actor greeted with equal applause. Chaplain had a theory about why everybody understands me. He told Arnstein Stein but nobody understands you even with fame. Though life wasn't easy during the Nazi Regime Einstein fled Europe and wound up in New Jersey at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study. He was an outspoken pacifist in champion of civil rights and his fame grew along with his role in public life time to conduct research slowly vanished still when he died in nineteen eighteen fifty five at the age of seventy six. Einstein's name was synonymous with genius. All it took was the moon briefly blocking the Sun"