Einstein's Son Hans: Did He Inherit His Father's Brilliance?
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How Smart was Einstein’s Son?

Did any of Einstein’s children inherit his brilliance?

Hans Albert Einstein, one of the sons of world’s genius physicist Albert Einstein, was born on 14th of this month in 1904, one year earlier from his father’s great discovery – Theory of Relativity. What do we know about Hans? And how genius was he compared to his father?

Hans Albert Einstein (1904-1973) was a professor of Hydraulic Engineering at UC Berkeley. Moreover, he was the foremost expert on sediment transport – a two-phase flow problem in which the fluid phase is air or water, and the solid phase is sediment particle. Hans received a Diploma in Civil Engineering in 1926. Then in 1936, he received Doctor of Technical Sciences, both from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

All sources focus on Hans report he was a brilliant child. Although his achievements might not look as significant as his father’s, he is still considered a genius to an absolute limit. After he finished school, he started to study civil engineering in ETH Zurich. He graduated as a civil engineer in 1926.

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Image via Daily Mail. Albert Einstein with his first wife, Mileva, and their son, Hans, in 1904.

Hans’s Career Life:

Then after that, Hans started his career life as a designer in the field of steel construction in Dortmund, Germany until 1930. During his life, Hans traveled to the United States in 1938 and worked for the US Department of Agriculture, studying sediment transport until 1943. At his same year, he continued working for them, this time at the California Institute of Technology. In 1947, he became an associate professor of hydraulic engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Rising with his position, Hans became a full professor then reached the position of professor emeritus. Regarding his field of study, Hans participated in hydraulic engineering conferences globally.



So What Can We Say Of Hans Brilliance?

Commenting on his brilliance, one can conclude that Hans was only a skillful person regarding his education and career. But if you only read the above content, you may assume he was not smart as his father for the fact of their different areas of studies. But I am sure you will change your mind once you discover his personal life. Hans lived his miserable moments when his parents divorced in 1919 when he was only 15. Those days indeed created unfavorable circumstances for a growing-up teenager and ended up in a poor relationship with his father for many years.

On the same side, Hans married Frieda Knecht in 1927. The couple gave birth to 5 children. One of their kids, Klaus Martin, died of diphtheria at the age of 6. Moreover, 2 of their other boys died after several days from their birth.

With this bunch of miserable occasions, one can only wind up with the conclusion being that Hans was not only smart as his dad but was also a strong, determined person. Hans faced his sad situations with his will to keep on with his academic and career track.

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