In 1879, Albert Einstein was born in the German Empire and while in school, a young Einstein developed a passion for math and science. At the age of 16, Einstein traveled to Switzerland for school and in 1901 established Swiss citizenship. After finishing school, Einstein struggled to find a job as a teacher and eventually secured a position at Bern's Federal Office of Intellectual Property in the patent office. Working at the patent office sparked Einstein's curiosity about electrical mechanics and the relationship between space and time. Around the same time, Einstein began publishing academic papers and shortly after received his PhD from the University of Zurich. In that same year, at just 26, he gained enormous notoriety in the science world after publishing papers on the photoelectric effect, Brownian motion, special relativity and his famous formula, E=mc2.
After becoming an academic celebrity, Einstein spent the next several decades sharing his theories in cities around the world. The United States made a special impression on Einstein, where he befriended Pulitzer Prize winner Upton Sinclair and silent film icon Charlie Chaplin. In 1933, to avoid the Nazi party, Einstein left Germany and worked with world leaders in England and Turkey to help Jewish scientists emigrate. By 1940, Einstein officially became a US citizen and established residence in Princeton, New Jersey where he worked at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Einstein's impact on science, specific in modern physics, was tremendous and he's influenced millions of brilliant minds from around the world. And in addition to inspiring the science world, his likeness and what it represents has also made its way into the tattoo industry. In honor of Einstein's birthday, March 14th, we're celebrating his legacy by sharing some of our favorite Einstein-inspired tattoos. Take a look at the tattoos in the gallery below, then let us know your thoughts on this story on social media.