A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Einstein, Albert

Einstein, Albert (b. Ulm am Donau, Germany, 14 March 1879; d. Princeton, N.J., 18 April 1955) Shortly after earning a Ph.D. from the University of Zurich (1905), Einstein propounded the theory of relativity and the equation E = mc2. In 1921 he won the Nobel prize for research on the photoelectric effect of light. After most of his important work was done, he emigrated from a university post at Berlin in 1932 and joined the Princeton faculty. On 2 August 1939, he strongly urged Franklin D. Roosevelt that the US develop an atomic bomb, in a critical letter that marked the first step in the Manhattan Project.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Einstein, Albert," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed July 2, 2022, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P39M7NIGJ4RLV3I.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Einstein, Albert." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 2 Jul. 2022. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P39M7NIGJ4RLV3I.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Einstein, Albert' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 2 July 2022, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P39M7NIGJ4RLV3I.