Albert Einstein House
112 Mercer Street in Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey.
This was the home of Albert Einstein from 1936 until his death in 1955.
Albert Einstein home, does not have statue or marker, which is according to Einstein’s wishes. Apparently Einstein had requested that this house not be made a museum, and the family did not want it to be recognized as such. Nonetheless it was added to the National Register of Historic Places and further designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1976. The house is a private residence now.
A tour to the hometown of any famous personality always reveals facets we are not aware of.
– Although Einstein’s name is synonymous with the world’s most famous equation E=MC2, however, he did not received the Noble Prize for his Theory of Relativity; but for “Photovoltaic Effect”.
– Einstein’s played violin. He not only use the violin to relax when he became stuck in his thinking process, he would play socially at local recitals or join in impromptu groups such as Christmas carolers who stopped at his home.
Some other trivia are lesser known:
– I was kind of aware that Einstein was a ladies man… but was not aware of the extent of his philandering habits. Before he divorced his first wife, he made a strange “contract”. If interested, google it. After divorce, he married his cousin. In fact a very closely related cousin… but that did not stop his flirting.
– Einstein’s checks were never cashed! Local store-owners that Einstein used to visit frequently, claim that he would be very flustered about counting money after the transaction. So he would pay in check. The locals would save these checks as souvenirs.. never cashing them. Later, his secretary would go any pay these merchants in cash!
– Einstein frequently forgot his home, and ended up knocking on other people’s doors. But everyone knew Einstein and would escort him home or call the police, who would escort him home.
– Einstein never wore socks.
NOTE: Albert Einstein, was on the faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study rather than at Princeton University. However he came to be associated with Princeton University through frequent lectures and visits on the campus.
Albert Einstein Memorial: A 2.5′ high bronze rough cast bust of Albert Einstein rests on a 6′ high granite pedestal near the intersection of Stockton and Bayard Streets in Einstein’s adopted hometown of Princeton, NJ. Einstein is wearing his characteristic sweater.
According to our tour guide, this is perhaps the only public memorial of Einstein in Princeton, New Jersey , where he lived from 1936 until his death in 1955. And this memorial was unveiled very recently, in 2005, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Special Theory of Relativity and the 50th anniversary of Einstein’s death. The public square where this is located has an interesting name: EMC Square. Before that there was no public memorial of Einstein in his hometown!
The bronze bust of Einstein was given to Princeton by its sculptor Robert Berks. Private donations were made for its creation. Berks has also created the Einstein Centennial Monument on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. .. and also the 12-foot monument, which is part of the Einstein exhibit at the American Museum of National History.
1879 – 1955
E = mc2
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited whereas imagination
embraces the entire world.
Born in Ulm, Germany on March 14, 1879. Albert Einstein became a resident of Princeton in 1933 residing on Mercer Street until his death in 1955. Before becoming Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein had already become famous for his Special Theory of Relativity in 1905 and general Theory of Relativity in 1915-1916 both which explained fundamental laws of the universe. His name became synonymous with genius.
A Nobel Laureate in physics, a philosopher, a humanitarian, an educator and an immigrant, Albert Einstein left an indelible mark on the world and expressed tremendous appreciation for Princeton.
“I am privileged by fate to live here in Princeton. Einstein wrote “I feel doubly thankful that there has fallen on my lot a
place for work and a scientific atmosphere which could not be better or more harmonious.”