Einstein wins 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics, November 9, 1922
The photoelectric effect is the basis for photosynthesis. It also forms the basis for a variety of devices such as photodiodes, which are used in light detection within fiber optics, telecommunications networks, solar cells, imaging, and many other applications.
An interesting note: Records show the Nobel Prize Awarding Institution, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, decided to reserve the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, and therefore awarded no Physics prize that year. According to the statutes, a reserved prize can be awarded the year after, and Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize for 1921 one year later, in 1922.
Einstein was unable to attend the December 10 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm. He presented his Nobel speech on July 11, 1923, in Gothenburg.
Einstein died on April 18, 1955, in Princeton, NJ.
- Albert Einstein is born, March 14, 1879
- Einstein paper outlines E=mc2, November 21, 1905
- Einstein’s theory of general relativity is tested, May 29, 1919
- Einstein moves to US, October 17, 1933
- Einstein’s relatively funny photo
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Editor's note: This article was originally posted on November 9, 2012 and edited on November 9, 2016.