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Portrait of Albert Einstein with his second wife, Elsa, taken by Sam Little in the early 1930s. Einstein was born at Ulm, Germany, on 14 March 1879. Encouraged by his father, who was an electrical engineer, Einstein studied at the Zurich Polytechnic Institute until the age of 21, then worked at the Swiss Patent Office. Although famous for his papers on special and general relativity, he won the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on the photoelectric effect. Einstein died on 18 April 1955 without completing his Grand Unified Theory of the fundamental forces.
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