Abstract or Introduction
Albert Einstein is one of the most known scientists. Therefore, it is surprising that one of his fatherly protectors, who had helped him to get enrolled at the prestigious polytechnical school (ETH) at Zurich, is poorly known: it is the authors great-grandfather Gustav Maier. He was born at Ulm, Germany, in 1844 and, together with his spouse Regina Friedlaender, they were good friends of Hermann and Pauline Einstein-Koch. Thus, it was natural that the Einsteins reached out to Gustav Maier, meanwhile installed at Zurich, for assisting the 16-year-old Albert in getting his education. Indeed, the Einsteins hat moved for professional reasons to Italy, and it would have been very difficult for Albert to get a higher education there. At the arrival of Albert at Zurich, in the fall of 1895, Gustav Maier had recognized immediately that the young man was exceptionally gifted. He reached out to one of his acquaintances, Albin Herzog, rector of the ETH, informing him about a prodigy and whether the young man could start his studies at the ETH despite his young age. In this book, these important steps in Albert Einstein's life are illustrated with source material. Furthermore, the biography of Gustav Maier is presented, mostly in his own words, and the Jewish family origin is explored. Indeed, it was in the Jewish congregation at Ulm where the Maiers and the Einsteins had met and started their friendship. This book contains source material from private family archives.
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- Beatrice Maier Anner (Author), 2023, Gustav Maier. Sponsor of the young Albert Einstein, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1418176