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We all know Einstein worked at the patent office, before becoming a world famous scientist. But how, Einstein ended up at the Patent office in the first place, and what he did while he was there.
LETS TALK ABOUT THAT.
After Einstein graduated with an undistinguished record, he spent almost two frustrating years searching for a teaching post. With the help of a friend’s father, he secured a position at the Swiss Patent Office in Bern. He worked at the patent office from 1902 – 1909.
It was “a kind of salvation,” he said. The regular salary and the stimulating work evaluating patent claims freed Einstein, and gave him enough time for his thought experiments.
At patent office, his job was to examine patent applications. He often did so at his famous lectern in the patent office building.
Here are some of the patents that were personally examined by Einstein. This objection letter to a patent was written by Einstein himself.
In July 1909, he resigned from patent office and began a position as Professor at the University of Zurich.
Here is Einstein’s famous statement at the Institute, praising the technical inventors, whose work he examined at the patent office.
“The source of all technical achievements, is the divine curiosity and playfulness of tinkering and brooding researcher, and not less constructive imagination of the technical inventor”.
In 1935, years after leaving the patent office and having won the Nobel Prize, Einstein filed for patents himself.
He patented a camera that snapped photographs with the proper aperture and automatically determined exposure.
Although, he disdained fashion all his life, but he is a proud inventor of a blouse. It’s an expandable suit jacket that has two sets of buttons, one for skinny Albert and one for hefty Albert.
The garment’s defining quality was its side openings, which also served as armholes.
Functional and fashionable, if not exactly. Genius.