This iconic photograph was taken on Albert Einstein’s 72nd birthday, March 14th 1951. The photographer was Arthur Sasse.
Einstein had just gotten into a car to be driven home with friend Frank Aydelotte and his wife. Sasse was asking Einstein to smile but he had smiled many times for the photographers that day and was having none of it. So he stuck out his tongue instead. Sasse snapped the photo and the iconic image was captured.
Einstein loved the photograph after he saw it and ordered nine copies of it for his personal use. The original photograph sold at auction in 2009 for $74,324.
In 1935 Einstein purchased a family house at 112 Mercer Street in Princeton, New Jersey, close to his workplace at The Institute for Advanced Study. He lived here until his death in 1955.
The Albert Einstein Award was an award in theoretical physics established to recognize high achievement in the natural sciences. It was first awarded in 1951 and in addition to a gold medal of Einstein it also included a prize money of $15,000. The winner was selected by a committee, the first of which consisted of Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, John von Neumann and Hermann Weyl of the Institute for Advanced Study.
The award was considered by some to be the prestigious equivalent of a Nobel Prize. It was awarded to Stephen Hawking in 1978 and was last awarded in 1979.
Here is a newsreel which recorded their meeting …
Finally, in 1951, Albert Einstein wrote a short letter in which he defined what makes life worthwhile.