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What was offered to Albert Einstein in 1952?
Presidency of Israel. In 1952, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion offered Einstein the position of President of Israel to Albert Einstein, after the death of Israel's first president, Chaim Weizmann. Einstein, then aged 73, refused: "I lack both the natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people". He died three years later.
Maria Skłodowska-Curie was committed to her job. Did she have any children?
Her daughter was awarded the Nobel Prize. Her first daughter, Irene, decided to follow her mother's life path and received the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1935. Her second daughter, Eva, a writer and politician, was known as the "First Lady of UNICEF". She was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1944.
Which famous astronomer was also a successful sportsman?
Edwin Hubble. In his younger days he was noted more for his athletic prowess than his intellectual abilities. He won seven first places in a single high school track and field meet in 1906. He also set the state high school record for the high jump in Illinois, and practiced amateur boxing.
Which mathematician is that?
Grigorij Parelman is a Russian mathematician who in 2003 proved (confirmed in 2006) Thurston's geometrization conjecture. This consequently solved in the affirmative the Poincaré conjecture. In 2006 he was offered the Fields Medal and a million $ along with it, but he declined the award, stating: "I'm not interested in money or fame; I don't want to be on display like an animal in a zoo."
Antoine Lavoisier is known as "father of modern chemistry”. How did he die?
He was guillotined. Lavoisier was a powerful member of a number of aristocratic councils, and an administrator of the Ferme générale - a hated tax agency. At the height of the French Revolution, he was charged with tax fraud and selling adulterated tobacco, and sentenced to death.
Where was Albert Einstein born?
In Ulm, Germany. Albert Einstein was born in Ulm in the German Empire on 14 March 1879. In 1880, the family moved to Munich, where he received advanced primary and secondary school education. In 1894 the Einstein family moved to Italy.
Who was the first winner of the Nobel Prize in physics?
Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen. The first Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded in 1901 to Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, of Germany "in recognition of the extraordinary services he has rendered by the discovery of the remarkable rays subsequently named after him"
Who's in that picture?
Thomas Alva Edison (1847- 1931) was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He is credited with developing many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb, had a widespread impact on the modern industrialized world.
The Leeuwenhoek-medal is the most prestigious prize in the field of..?
Microbiology. The Leeuwenhoek-medal is the most prestigious prize in the field of Microbiology. It has been awarded every 10 years since 1877 to a scientist who has made the most important contributions to Microbiology during the last 10 years. The first 13 medals were awarded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.