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Biography of a Great Smoker Albert Einstein

He is such a renowned and respected intellect that his name has become synonymous with intelligence. ‘Einstein’ has become a nickname for those who show above average intelligence or make a smart decision. Whilst he is best known for his wild hair and contributions to the world of science; it is hard to picture Albert Einstein without a pipe hanging from his mustachioed mouth.

Born in Germany in 1879; Einstein specialised in classical mechanics and electromagnetics and his work helped establish quantum theory. His lengthy career in the scientific fields rendered many results and significant progression of many theories. Einstein published more than 300 scientific papers and more than 150 non-scientific works as well as inventing a refrigerator that ran on alcohol gas.

Known for his professional approach and affable nature; Einstein was quoted: “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgement in all human affairs.”

Whilst a professor at Princeton; his colleagues and students noted that he was almost always followed by a trail of smoker. His trusty briar pipe and pouch of pipe tobacco travelled everywhere. Whilst best known for his affinity for smoking pipes; Einstein was a keen fan of both cigars and cigarettes.

The 1921 Nobel Prize winner was something of an obsessive. The multiple facets of his life that he had an active interest in became a long-standing and continuous source of inspirations. Pipe smoking, violin playing, sailing and a total rejection of socks were his great passions almost until his very last day. These hobbies and past times were tools that Einstein used to relax his mind when his thought process became complicated and stretched. He attributed these hobbies to helping him think out scientific quandaries.

Almost 60 years after Einstein’s death, his brain is still preserved. Upon his death, Princeton Hospital Pathologist Thomas Harvey requested access to his brain for further study in order to ascertain the root of his genius. Harvey was only permitted access to the brain for a limited period of time but refused to return it to the body. He then spent the next 40 years travelling the USA with Einstein’s brain, sharing slices of it with esteemed researchers.

There has never been any physical evidence that determined the root of Einstein’s genius, nor was there ever any report about which part of the brain made him love pipes and tobacco so much.

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