Albert Einstein

by Yousuf Karsh, Princeton University 1948

Albert Einstein by Yousuf Karsh, Princeton University 1948

Yousuf Karsh photographed Albert Einstein at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study in 1948. Most portrayed Einstein as a wild eyed eccentric whose theories had brought havoc in the world. Thirty years earlier he'd had won a Nobel Prize for his description of the physical universe. Unfortunately many had linked his work to the development of the atomic bomb and they did not understand that it was very different concepts and discoveries in physics had lead to it's creation.

Karsh remembers Einstein as simple, kindly, almost childlike man, too great for any of the postures of eminence. One did not have to understand his science to feel the power of his mind or the force of his personality. He spoke sadly, yet serenely, as one who had looked into the universe, far past mankind’s small affairs. When I asked him what the world would be like were another atomic bomb to be dropped, he replied wearily, “Alas, we will no longer be able to hear the music of Mozart.”

Photo credit: © WestLicht Photographica Auction

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