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Born in Germany, Albert Einstein is known as an inspirational physicist of the 20th century. His entire persona fits the stereotypical “mad man” look, with wildly flaring hair and a more spunk than a natural smile. Not only was he a stereotypical mad scientist, but he was, and still is an inspiration to us all.

Many of you know Albert Einstein for his invention of the mathematical equation, E=mc2. This iconic equation, energy equals mass times the speed of light squared, is known as one of the most famous equations in the world. The relativity of energy and mass, combined with a constant being the speed of light, changed the course of math, science, history, and our general knowledge.

Einstein was not solely a mad scientist, rather he was concerned for the greater good of the world. While education and knowledge were important to him, his true passion was imagination.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

As a prime example of pushing boundaries, Einstein at a younger age had thought he lacked imagination and mathematical thought. However, by 1921, Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics, granted for his “services to theoretical physics”. This was also due to his discovery of the photoelectric effect– the emission of electrons from a surface that’s manly a metal. Someone who thought they didn’t have what it takes to imagine and invent, became a winner of the Nobel Prize, proving that anyone can become something they didn’t believe the could be.

Einstein is also an example of what happens when we embrace curiosity. He not only followed his intuition, but solved mysteries of science and physics. Another theory that added to his influence on the world is the Theory of Relativity, supporting the framework of physics from then on.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

Although he pursued his career, ideas, and inventions, he also pursued his passions. He was a well-rounded individual that took time investing in the lives of those around him. From discussions with his colleagues and students, to becoming a humanist, Einstein kept pushing forward. Not only was he an inventor, influencer, activist, and Nobel Prize winner, but he was an inspiration to trusting your intuition and imagination. Who knows where that can lead you.