For many centuries to come, the work of German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein on the theory of relativity will still maintain the same relevance it does in the world today. The 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics recipient has further left an even more indelible mark as his name is not just synonymous with physics-related facts, but the word genius. His achievements in the world have prompted an inquisition on what exactly made him so intelligent and whether or not any of his offsprings, like Lieserl Einstein, might have the same or at least a little bit near the same level of intelligence he had.
Lieserl Einstein’s Bio (Age)
Lieserl Einstein was born out of wedlock to Albert Einstein and his then-girlfriend Mileva Marić on the 27th of January, 1902, in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, what is present-day Serbia. Her father was working in Switzerland at the time while her mother was back home, living with her parents. Following the birth of the child, the pair went on to exchange vows in January 1903.
Unlike other members of the Einstein family, the public did not have knowledge that Lieserl existed. It was only discovered that the physicist had a daughter before his marriage to his wife when a batch of letters between the couple was discovered by their first son’s daughter, Evelyn, in 1986.
In a letter dated 4 February 1902, seemingly after the birth of the child, Albert enquired about his daughter’s health and expressed his love for her. In another one that was dated 19 September 1903, he expressed his concern over her battle with scarlet fever. He further insinuated something that indicates that the child may be given up for adoption. Nothing further was written about her in any of the letters and her parents never spoke about her in public all through their lives.
Due to the fact that nothing was ever heard about the existence of Lieserl Einstein, and that her parents never spoke about her, several hypotheses have been made about what could have happened to her. Two of the main theories that have garnered some attention are that the young girl was developmentally disabled, lived with her mother’s family and died on September 1903 of scarlet fever. The other one says that she was adopted by her mother’s close friend, Helene Savic, who raised her under the name Zorka Savic. While there existed a child named Zorka who Helene raised, her grandson, renowned Serbian psychiatrist Milan N. Popovic denied the possibility of Zorka being Lierserl.
As mentioned above, Lieserl Einstein is the daughter of Albert Einstein and his physicist wife Mileva Maric. Her parents divorced in 1919 after living apart for five years. While the young girl may have never gotten the chance to meet her siblings, she had two brothers; Hans Albert Einstein and Eduard Einstein.
Hans Albert Einstein was born on the 14th of May, 1904 in Bern, Switzerland. He followed in his parents’ footsteps to study at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, in Zurich, Switzerland. He later emigrated to the United States in 1938 and worked for the US Department of Agriculture. By 1948, he became an associate professor of hydraulic engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and would later rise to be professor emeritus. On the 26th of July 1973, Hans collapsed and died from heart failure at a symposium at Woods Hole in Massachusetts.
Lieserl Einstein’s other brother, Eduard, was born on the 28th of July 1910 in Zurich, Switzerland. He was described as a good student who showed interest in music as a young boy. Eduard would later go-ahead to study medicine to become a psychiatrist but was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. Following the death of his mother who had cared for him in 1948, Eduard lived mostly at the psychiatric clinic Burghölzli in Zurich. He died in the clinic in 1965 after suffering a stroke.
Other Facts About Albert Einstein’s Daughter – Lieserl Einstein
1. According to the letters that revealed the existence of Lieserl Einstein, her mother had written about wanting to have a daughter while Albert wrote about his desire to have a boy. They went on to refer to the child, who was not yet born at the time, as “Lieserl”, if it were to be a girl, or “Hanserl” if a boy.
2. A letter written about the universal force of love, which is said to be from Albert Einstein to his daughter is a hoax. The letter has been widely circulated on the Internet but it’s not one of the letters written by the famed physicist.