Signed Einstein photo sells for $74,000

A signed Einstein photo has sold for $74,000 by an auction house in New Hampshire.

The photo auctioned was a signed print Einstein gave to his friend, CBS and ABC journalist Howard K. Smith, as a gesture of admiration for his work, the auctioneers said. The inscription, translated from the German reads: “This gesture you will like, because it is aimed at all of humanity. A civilian can afford to do what no diplomat would dare.Your loyal and grateful listener, A. Einstein ’53.” The seller bought the photo from Smith’s estate, Livingston said.

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Max Planck presents Albert Einstein with the Max-Planck medal of the German Physical Society, June 28, 1929 in Berlin.

In 1922 Einstein was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics, “for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”. This refers to his 1905 paper on the photoelectric effect: “On a Heuristic Viewpoint Concerning the Production and Transformation of Light”, which was well supported by the experimental evidence by that time. The presentation speech began by mentioning “his theory of relativity [which had] been the subject of lively debate in philosophical circles [and] also has astrophysical implications which are being rigorously examined at the present time.” (Einstein 1923)

It was long reported that Einstein gave the Nobel prize money directly to his first wife, Mileva Mari?, in compliance with their 1919 divorce settlement. However, personal correspondence made public in 2006  shows that he invested much of it in the United States, and saw much of it wiped out in the Depression.

Einstein traveled to New York City in the United States for the first time on 2 April 1921. When asked where he got his scientific ideas, Einstein explained that he believed scientific work best proceeds from an examination of physical reality and a search for underlying axioms, with consistent explanations that apply in all instances and avoid contradicting each other. He also recommended theories with visualizable results (Einstein 1954).

In 1999, Albert Einstein was named Person of the Century by Time magazine,  a Gallup poll recorded him as the fourth most admired person of the 20th century and according to The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, Einstein is “the greatest scientist of the twentieth century and one of the supreme intellects of all time.”


Albert Einstein has been recognized many times over for his achievements. The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics named 2005 the “World Year of Physics” in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of the Annus Mirabilis Papers.

The Albert Einstein Memorial in central Washington, D.C. is a monumental bronze statue depicting Einstein seated with manuscript papers in hand. The statue is located in a grove of trees at the southwest corner of the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences on Constitution Avenue, near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The chemical element 99, einsteinium, was named for him in August 1955, four months after Einstein’s death

2001 Einstein is an inner main belt asteroid discovered on March 5, 1973.

The Albert Einstein Award (sometimes called the Albert Einstein Medal because it is accompanied with a gold medal) is an award in theoretical physics, that was established to recognize high achievement in the natural sciences. It was endowed by the Lewis and Rosa Strauss Memorial Fund in honor of Albert Einstein’s 70th birthday. It was first awarded in 1951 and included a prize money of $15,000, which was later reduced to $5,000.  The winner is selected by a committee (the first of which consisted of Einstein, Oppenheimer, von Neumann and Weyl) of the Institute for Advanced Study, which administers the award.  Lewis L. Strauss used to be one of the trustees of the institute.

The Albert Einstein Peace Prize is an award that is given yearly by the Chicago, Illinois-based Albert Einstein Peace Prize Foundation. Winners of the prize receive $50,000.

In 1990, his name was added to the Walhalla temple.


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