Thursday, March 17, 2011


PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY (via Wurttemberg, Germany) - I was going to title this post either “genius” or “hair,” but found both to be too trite. Everybody knows Albert, right? His birthday is tomorrow, March 18. I promise this won’t be boring, but I do want to let you know a few things about this fella that you might not already know. Tidbits, really, but it’s my homage to a humanitarian and storied academic.

  • He has a cancer center named for him, and was on one the first to be funded by the NCI.

  • He didn’t like haircuts (well, obviously!) and said “Long hair minimizes the need for barbers."

  • Was friends with Marie Curie (she shared our desire to rid the world of cancer) and said she was the only person he knew who was uncorrupted by fame.

  • He won the Nobel Prize, just like his friend Marie.

  • He produced most of his amazing work in his spare time, after his full-time job in a patent office.

  • That little triangle symbol above denotes a change, and can apply to mass. (Google: e=mc2 if curious.)

  • He said "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

Happy birthday, sir. I hope this inspires a few cancer warriors to live their lives today as if everything is a miracle.

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