Whatever we are or think of should have LIFE as it’s END. That’s why life is the chief value. We are because there are things lacking we ought to improve and not degenerate. It is against this backdrop that I affirmed that “we have come to change the world and not to show that we know”.
In history, we have had academics, inventors and good mentors. Amongst these three, inventors are not recognized exactly the way academics are recognized. It’s easier to think out theories but pragmatic implementation is always more complex and associated with risk ranging from frustration and getting disdained or despondent.
Whenever, we think of who a genius is, the first picture that flashes the mind is Albert Einstein.
The question is, how was he able to translate this in solving the societal problem(s)?
EINSTEIN WAS VERY INTELLIGENT: HE WASN’T A POLYMATH.
Born German and a Jew as about 11:30 am on Friday, March 14th, 1879. His beginning wasn’t that easy but later, he blossomed after receiving the Pocket Compass from the father at age five.
Einstein who later became a famous mathematician, physicist or scientist was also known as a lover of music. The Noble Laurent award-winning fellow made his blueprint after predicting that, gravity bends light.
In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers and that the speed of light in a vacuum was independent of the motion of all observers. This was the theory of special relativity. It introduced a new framework for all of physics and proposed new concepts of space and time.
Einstein then spent 10 years trying to include acceleration in the theory and published his theory of general relativity in 1915. In it, he determined that massive objects cause a distortion in space-time, which is felt as gravity.
Einstein excelled in science, but not in all subjects. Genius recounts Einstein failing his exams in literature, politics and French when applying to study at Zurich Polytechnic. Einstein later successfully retook the exams, but he wasn’t a perfect pupil: He once blew up a lab during an experiment, and was uninterested in rote learning.
“Ultimately, he was able to pass all of his exams and get his degree, (but) there were professors who wanted him booted out of school” for his reckless behavior, Biller says.
Surprisingly, it was difficult for Einstein to remember phone numbers, names, and dates.
DID EINSTEIN STEAL THE WIFE’S WORK?
According to Forbes August 1, 2016, It is an extraordinary claim, and as such, requires evidence. Einstein scholars (notably John Stachel and Robert Schulmann) have spent a lot of time and effort clarifying the sources of the allegation which as far as I can see, boils down to two claims:
That Abram Fedorovich Joffe, a member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences and an assistant to Röntgen from 1902 until 1906, saw the original manuscript of the relativity paper, Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Korper, and that this manuscript was signed “Einstein-Marity.” And “Marity” is a Hungarian variant of the Serbian “Marić,” Mileva’s maiden name. So, the claim goes, Mileva Marić Einstein’s name was on the original manuscript but was then left out of the published article, where Albert Einstein’s name appears alone.
That on March 27, 1901, Einstein wrote a letter to Marić that included the clause “… bringing our work on relative motion to a successful conclusion”. Note the “our,” which implies that the work was done in collaboration.
IDEA BEHIND INVENTION/COLLABORATION
With Hungarian-born physicist Leo Szilard, Einstein developed a novel refrigeration scheme that involved no motors, moving parts or coolant. The idea exploits the fact that water boils at lower temperatures at lower pressure. (This is why water boils at a lower temperature at the top of Mount Everest than it does in Death Valley, in California’s the Mojave Desert.)
Albert Einstein wrote to the US pleading with the government to build an atomic bomb. He was famously a pacifist, but he signed a letter to US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 urging him to develop the atomic bomb.
According to Catherine Demetriades, most of the scientific implementations of Einstein could have been overtaken without his existence. For her, he didn’t do much for humanity. More so, his idea behind the atomic bomb changed the history of humanity into an endangered one.
THE IDEAL FACES OF A GENIUS: HOW THEY HELPED HUMANITY IN PRAXIS.
1. Imhotep Kanofer the Egyptian physician, architect, and strategist is one of the greatest inventors of the world that is less recognized. In the famous Edwin Smith PAPYRUS, named after the dealer who bought it in 1862, is considered by many to have originally been written by Imhotep. This ancient text is the oldest known written manual of surgery and trauma and describes 48 cases of wounds, fractures, dislocations, and tumors. Among the treatments described are suturing of wounds, splinting, bandaging, managing infections with honey and resins and the use of raw meat for the purpose of hemostasis. Immobilization was advised for lower limb fractures and spinal cord injuries and it also describes reasonably detailed anatomical and physiological descriptions.
2. Thomas Edison (1847–1931) Edison filed over 1000 patents. He developed and innovated a wide range of products from the electric light bulb to the phonograph and motion picture camera.
3. The Wright Brothers Successfully designed, built and flew the first powered aircraft, showing that man could fly. One of the most important inventions of the Twentieth Century.
4. Benjamin Franklin (1705–1790) Polymath who discovered electricity and invented the Franklin stove.
5. Nikola Tesla (1856–1943) Serbian-born scientist who emigrated to the US. He was a brilliant scientist who played a key role in the development of AC electricity, through the AC induction motor, transformer, and Tesla coil. His method of AC electricity has been the template for global electricity use.
6. Charles Babbage (1791–1871) Created first mechanical computer, which proved to be the prototype for future computers. Considered to be the ‘Father of Computers’.
7. James Watt (1736–1819) Inventor of the steam engine, which was critical in the industrial revolution. His invention of a separate condensing chamber greatly improved the efficiency of steam.
8. Alexander Bell (1847–1922) Credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Also worked on optical telecommunications, aeronautics, and hydrofoils.
9. Leonardo Da Vinci (1452–1519) One of the greatest ever minds. He invented models that proved workable 3-500 years later.
10. Galileo (1564–1642) Developed a powerful telescope and confirmed revolutionary theories about the nature of the world. Also developed an improved compass.
11. Tim Berners Lee Developed the http:// protocol for the internet, making the World Wide Web freely available.
12. Thomas L. Jennings (1791-1859) was the first African American person to receive a patent in the U.S., paving the way for future inventors of color to gain exclusive rights to their inventions. Born in 1791, Jennings lived and worked in New York City as a tailor and dry cleaner. He invented an early method of dry cleaning called “dry scouring” and patented it in 1821—four years before Paris tailor Jean Baptiste Jolly refined his own chemical technique and established what many people claim was history’s first dry cleaning business.
People objected to an African American receiving a patent, but Jennings had a loophole: He was a free man. At the time, U.S. patent laws said that the “[slavemaster] is the owner of the fruits of the labor of the slave both manual and intellectual”—meaning slaves couldn’t legally own their ideas or inventions, but nothing was stopping Jennings. Several decades later, Congress extended patent rights to all African American individuals, both slaves, and freedmen.
13. Mark E. Dean (born 1957). The computer scientist/engineer worked for IBM, where he led the team that designed the ISA bus—the hardware interface that allows multiple devices like printers, modems, and keyboards to be plugged into a computer. This innovation helped pave the way for the personal computer’s use in office and business settings.
Dean also helped develop the first color computer monitor, and in 1999 he led the team of programmers that created the world’s first gigahertz chip. Today, the computer scientist holds three of the company’s original nine patents, and more than 20 overall.
Dean was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1997. He’s currently a computer science professor at the University of Tennessee.
14. Charles Richard Drew (1904-1950), the physician responsible for America’s first major blood banks.
In 1940, World War II was in full swing in Europe, and Drew was put in charge of a project called “Blood for Britain.” He helped collect thousands of pints of plasma from New York hospitals and shipped them overseas to treat European soldiers. Drew is also responsible for introducing the use of “bloodmobiles”—refrigerated trucks that serve as collection centers and transport blood.
15. Marie Van Brittan Brown (1922-1999), a nurse and inventor who invented a precursor to the modern home TV security system. The crime rate was high in Brown’s New York City neighborhood, and the local police didn’t always respond to emergenciesserveel safer, Brown and her husband developed a way for a motorized camera to peer through a set of peepholes and project images onto a TV monitor. The device also included a two-way microphone to speak with a person outside, and an emergency alarm button to notify the police.
The Browns filed a patent for their closed-circuit television security system in 1966, and it was approved on December 2, 1969.
5. George Carruthers (born 1939) is an astrophysicist who spent much of his career working with the Space Science Division of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C. He’s most famous for creating the ultraviolet camera/spectograph, which NASA used when it launched Apollo 16 in 1972. It helped prove that molecular hydrogen exspectrographterstellar space, and in 1974 space scientists used a new model version of the camera to observe Halley’s Comet and other celestial phenomena on the U.S.’s first space station, Skylab.
Carruthers was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2003.
16. Dr. Patricia Bath (born 1942) revolutionized the field of ophthalmology when she invented a device that refined laser cataract surgery, called the Laserphaco Probe.
17. Catherine Demetriades is an inventor with a problem-solving perspective. She created the world first Quantum Artificial Intelligence.
Can you imagine life without blood banks, personal computers, cars, airplanes, or affordable shoes? These innovative creations—and more—wouldn’t exist today if it weren’t for the brilliant minds.
Having x-rayed these great men and women who have contributed to humanity greatly, it is high time that a more encouraging award portal is put into place to encourage the ideal geniuses – inventors. This is because, as we plunge into the age of more technological complexity, the inventors remains our only helpmate.
Groups, associations, and investors need to invest in them and not only schools or research institutes.
That said, did Albert Einstein do so much of a good to humanity?