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Albert Einstein

  b. 1879; d. 1955 | Swiss physicist

At The Bottom
 1901

Einstein had sent letters of inquiry to nearly every physics department in Europe...

After graduating in with a math and physics degree from the Polytechnic in Zurich, Albert Einstein was unable to secure a teaching position anywhere for the next several years.   His parents continued to support him financially but insisted that he leave Switzerland and live with them in Milan, Italy, if he could not find a job.  By April 1901 — a year after he earned his degree — Einstein had sent letters of inquiry to nearly every physics department in Europe, pleading for the opportunity to join their faculty.  Many of his letters went completely unanswered.  In 1903, Einstein at last returned to Switzerland and took a job in a patent office, where he earned a tolerable income but enjoyed almost no contact with other physicists.

At The Top
 1922

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