Who was Albert Einstein? Information and questions for learners

in Education2 years ago

The world is full of wonderful things and if it was not for the discoveries of scientist through the ages, there would be many things we would not even know about.

Their ideas, research, experiments, publications and determination are an inspiration to those that follow in their footsteps. Covering a broad range of scientific fields such as biology, physics, astronomy and chemistry, these men and women have pushed the world of science forward, allowing the human race to answer seemingly impossible questions while at the same time opening the door to new fields of research and discovery.  

We will learn more about a few famous scientists.  We will start today with Albert Einstein.

He is maybe one of the most famous scientists of all times - if you say his name, most people will recognize it.  He changed a lot of things with his research in theoretical physics and he is still an inspiration for many scientists today.

He was born on 14 March 1879 and died on 18 April 1955.  He was born in Germany into a Jewish family.

He showed an interest in Maths and Science from a very young age and because he looked at things differently with a very analytical mind, his teachers did not understand him and they thought there was something wrong with him.

When he was done studying, he worked at a patent office for a long time.

He produced perhaps one of the most famous equations ever: E = mc² (energy equals mass multiplied by the speed of light squared). 

In 1921 he won the Nobel Prize for the work he did in Physics.

Albert Einstein also loved music and he had many quotes, that people still use today.  You can read some of his quotes here.

Watch the video and answer the questions.  Make sure you understand what you hear, before you try and answer the questions.


  1. Name a few things Albert Einstein were interested in.
  2. Why do some people think that Albert did not talk at a young age.
  3. Name 3 facts about Albert's father.
  4. What did his mother like to do?
  5. What did Albert Einstein wonder about the compass?
  6. Who helped Albert to really get interested in Science?
  7. What was Albert's favorite book?
  8. Why did he want to become a Math teacher?
  9. What is a 'patent'?
  10. What type of scientist was Albert Einstein?

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