Albert Einstein graduates from Federal Polytechnic in Zurich
Einstein applied directly to the Eidgenössische Polytechnische Schule (later Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH)) in Zürich, Switzerland.
Lacking the requisite Matura certificate, he took an entrance examination, which he failed, although he got exceptional marks in mathematics and physics. The Einsteins sent Albert to Aarau, in northern Switzerland to finish secondary school. While lodging with the family of Professor Jost Winteler, he fell in love with the family’s daughter, Marie. (His sister Maja later married the Winteler son, Paul.) In Aarau, Einstein studied Maxwell’s electromagnetic theory. At age 17, he graduated, and, with his father’s approval, renounced his citizenship in the German Kingdom of Württemberg to avoid military service, and enrolled in 1896 in the mathematics and physics program at the Polytechnic in Zurich. Marie Winteler moved to Olsberg, Switzerland for a teaching post.
In the same year, Einstein’s future wife, Mileva Marić, also entered the Polytechnic to study mathematics and physics, the only woman in the academic cohort. Over the next few years, Einstein and Marić’s friendship developed into romance. In a letter to her, Einstein called Marić “a creature who is my equal and who is as strong and independent as I am.” Einstein graduated in 1900 from the Polytechnic with a diploma in mathematics and physics; Although historians have debated whether Marić influenced Einstein’s work, the majority of academic historians of science agree that she did not.
After a long time of waiting, he found the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School on Zurich, which would only let him in if he passed a test. The first time he took the test, he tragically failed, but the second time, he passed with flying colors.
Albert was influenced by Isaac Newton's theories, which is why he wanted to go to the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich. After years of college, Albert proudly graduated in 1900.
Another interesting fact is that between the ages of six to thirteen, he studied the violin. After a failed attempt to skip high school and attend the Swiss Polytechnic University in 1895, Albert went to Aarau, Switzerland to finish high school. He graduated from high school at the age of 17 and enrolled at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich. Albert graduated in 1900 with a degree in physics.
Einstein graduated from high school at the age of 17 in 1896 and enrolled at the Federal Polytechnic in Zurich. He renounced German citizenship in 1896 and was stateless for a number of years. He did not even apply for Swiss citizenship until 1899, and it was granted in 1901. While studying here he fell in love with Mileva Maric, a Hungarian classmate. He graduated from the ETH in 1900.