March 14th, 1879 - April 18th, 1955
American physicist of German origin
Einstein was a physicist and a humanist whose early life betrayed no sign of his exceptional future. This mediocre and undisciplined schoolboy was to become an impassioned mathematician and to enter on a university career. In 1921, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, but it would take some time before his work on relativity would be generally understood. Taking advantage of his fame to defend causes that were close to his heart, Einstein campaigned against racial persecution—in the Second World War context—and in favour of worldwide atomic disarmament.
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