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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-20-06 07:23 PM
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10. Here is one
Mileva Maric
Mother of the Theory of Relativity


By Meryl Ann Butler


http://www.historyswomen.com/1stWomen/meliva.html


Mileva Maric was born in Hungary on December 19, 1875. The few who know her story, marvel at it.

She was born with a displaced hip that would become a lifelong limp. But she was a gifted child, displaying brilliance in the arts and sciences, and her wealthy parents supported her intellectual growth with an outstanding education. She was admitted to an all-male high school, one of the first girls in her country to be accorded that privilege. Due to her handicap and plain looks, she did not generate interest from the boys, but that allowed her to focus on her studies, and she was awarded top grades in physics as well as mathematics.

Passionate about physics, she planned a career in a field that few women had ever even considered, enrolling in a prestigious polytechnic school, as the only woman enrolled at the time, and the 5th woman in the school's history.

There she shone like a bright star, and a student several years her junior idolized her. Mileva seemed to him to be a kind of goddess of physics, and he worshipped the ground she stood on. She saw in him an extraordinary potential, and nurtured it.

The two became inseparable, studying the works of renowned physicists and philosophers as their relationship deepened. Mileva was soaring with the unbridled adulation of her young admirer. He was intoxicated with his muse. They were constant companions, colleagues, and confidantes. In affectionate letters during their times apart, they endearingly addressed each other as "Johnny" and "Dollie", and wrote of science, philosophy and love.

When Dollie was accepted at the University of Zurich as a Ph.D candidate, Johnny followed heror tried to. His grades were insufficient to get him into the doctoral program, but he was accepted to study there. Then Dollie received a coveted position as an assistant to a well-known and respected professor. Johnny was not much for attending lectures, but he wanted desperately to work in the lab with this scientist. Dollie pleaded, but was unable to convince the professor to accept the rather ordinary student as an assistant.

Then an unexpected pregnancy changed the course of the young couple's lives. Johnny was unable to support them. Pregnant, unmarried and stressed, Dollie uncharacteristically failed her final exams. She left her studies and they struggled to find employment. Dollie's parents thought her boyfriend was a ne'er-do-well, unable to support himself, let alone a wife and child. Johnny's parents were appalled that Dollie was handicapped, was not Jewish, and most importantly, was far too intellectual for a woman. Johnny conveniently disappeared and Dollie went home to her parents.

He never came to see his baby. Distraught, disgraced and depressed, the 27-year old unwed mother reluctantly gave her daughter up for adoption.

With the child out of the picture, Johnny ventured back, and they reconciled. A friend helped him procure a simple job as a clerk, and they married in 1903, despite their families' protests. Their newlywed times were idyllic. In their evenings together, they nestled by the fire, and fueled with the creativity of reignited love they explored the intellectual ecstasies of their innovative ideas, the very activities that had brought them together in the beginning.

In 1905, a paper with the theories they had developed, and with one name - Dollie's - on it, was completed. But by the time the paper was published, her name was replaced by her husband's. Maybe she agreed to it, surmising rightly for that day and age, that something so radical, if authored by a woman, would have been instantly dismissed.

As time passed, Dollie became a busy mother of two boys, making up as best as she could for the neglect they received from their father. The practicalities of daily life chipped away the pedestal that her husband had placed her on. And it was no secret that Johnny was straying from his family, spending time with other women, eventually falling madly in love with his cousin, and later with her eldest daughter.

One evening when Johnny arrived at a party alone, their friends, concerned, asked about Dollie. Not satisfied with Johnny's evasive answer, they checked on her. They found Dollie at home crying, her face bruised and swollen, but refusing to explain what had happened. Shortly after, Johnny relocated his family to another country so that he could be closer to his lover-cousin. A listing of his many abuses of Dollie during this time, written in his own hand, remains in archives today.

As a result of Johnny's insistence and relentless cruelty, Dollie finally agreed to a divorce. But only on the condition that any future prize monies that her ex-husband might make based on her theories, would be paid to her.

And that is why, when Albert Einstein won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1921, he quietly forwarded the check to his ex-wife, Mileva Maric, who used the money in her continuing, lifelong struggle to support herself and their children.

http://www.historyswomen.com/1stWomen/meliva.html

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  -More evidence revealing Einstein's wife authored Theory of Relativity shance  Dec-20-06 06:39 PM   #0 
  - And the theory for the structure of DNA  Annces   Dec-20-06 06:45 PM   #1 
  - F. Scott Fitzgerald cribbed much of his work from  Warpy   Dec-20-06 08:14 PM   #15 
  - Many people say that about Dorothy Wordsworth, too  LostinVA   Dec-21-06 07:05 AM   #40 
     - I remember when the womens' Norty came out. One of my teachers  sfexpat2000   Dec-21-06 11:04 AM   #62 
  - Rosalind Franklin  IndyOp   Dec-20-06 08:28 PM   #16 
  - Yes - she was using crystallography  Annces   Dec-20-06 09:15 PM   #19 
  - An excerpt from Wiki on this story  Ian_rd   Dec-21-06 11:36 AM   #67 
  - Not to mention Lise Mietner  Marie26   Dec-21-06 12:03 PM   #72 
  - That bastard  wtmusic   Dec-20-06 06:49 PM   #2 
  - Einstein was certainly no phony and incredibly gifted.  shance   Dec-20-06 07:01 PM   #3 
  - Per the closing paragraph in the third paper on Special Realtivity...  MazeRat7   Dec-20-06 07:02 PM   #4 
  - This is what I also find interesting.  shance   Dec-20-06 07:06 PM   #5 
     - Do you have a link for that? nt  wtmusic   Dec-20-06 07:11 PM   #6 
     - Here is one  shance   Dec-20-06 07:23 PM   #10 
     - That contradicts with the above statement that ...  Ian_rd   Dec-21-06 11:41 AM   #68 
  - My perception  Az   Dec-20-06 07:11 PM   #7 
  - Could be. However it's the records themselves that show the discrepency  shance   Dec-20-06 07:18 PM   #8 
  - Involvement  Az   Dec-20-06 07:21 PM   #9 
  - My mistake - her proposed authorization of the Relativity Theory  shance   Dec-20-06 07:24 PM   #11 
  - What record?  BoneDaddy   Dec-21-06 10:40 AM   #56 
  - Take This Junk With A Grain Of Salt. That's All It's Worth, Seriously.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Dec-20-06 09:53 PM   #24 
     - Absolutely  BoneDaddy   Dec-21-06 10:42 AM   #57 
  - Since we know a lot of these unethical men stole the work  Target_For_Exterm   Dec-20-06 07:55 PM   #12 
  - What constitutes knowing  Az   Dec-20-06 07:57 PM   #13 
  - It's pretty clear that male scientists stole from the woman  Target_For_Exterm   Dec-20-06 08:13 PM   #14 
  - there was a show on PBS about the Watson/Crick/Franklin competition  Perragrande   Dec-20-06 09:48 PM   #22 
  - No, no.  Bornaginhooligan   Dec-21-06 10:47 AM   #60 
  - So are you saying  Az   Dec-21-06 05:56 AM   #33 
  - That is an obvious case and one  BoneDaddy   Dec-21-06 07:01 AM   #38 
  - I agree  Gman   Dec-20-06 08:41 PM   #17 
  - Well then you are intentionally not looking at the original thread.  shance   Dec-20-06 08:52 PM   #18 
     - Actually I have read the original document  Az   Dec-21-06 06:10 AM   #35 
     - Well, I Looked. I See Speculation and Conjecture  ProfessorGAC   Dec-21-06 08:59 AM   #49 
  - Are you serious?  BoneDaddy   Dec-21-06 10:44 AM   #58 
  - Everyone knows that women are smarter. This isn't surprising to me at all  Truth Hurts A Lot   Dec-20-06 09:31 PM   #20 
  - You Are Too Funny! ROFLMAO!!!!! Tell Me You Don't Truly Believe That! ROFLMAO!  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Dec-20-06 09:40 PM   #21 
  - Very good link OMC - thanks for contributing it.  IndyOp   Dec-21-06 09:06 AM   #52 
  - This is a setup for George to blame Laura.  rug   Dec-20-06 09:50 PM   #23 
  - Yes, I'm sure  Kelly Rupert   Dec-20-06 10:13 PM   #25 
  - And did you hear, Sir Francis Bacon actually wrote all of Shakespeare's works  ToeBot   Dec-20-06 11:45 PM   #26 
  - Cristopher Marlowe & Elizbeth I were favorites too. Point well taken  Vidar   Dec-21-06 05:51 AM   #32 
  - 'a distasteful manipulation of facts' and 'shoddy research'  wtmusic   Dec-21-06 12:53 AM   #27 
  - This seems silly and revisionist.  frustrated_lefty   Dec-21-06 01:07 AM   #28 
  - It should be grounds, though, for repealing the silly speed-of-light limit.  Orsino   Dec-21-06 08:21 AM   #46 
  - Einstein's political writings have always been upsetting to fascists.  hunter   Dec-21-06 01:35 AM   #29 
  - Wow. Some DU'ers are really in denial of FACTS here.  shance   Dec-21-06 02:04 AM   #30 
  - To me it looks like a woman who isn't comfortable with the fact  wtmusic   Dec-21-06 02:36 AM   #31 
  - And there you go.....  trumad   Dec-21-06 06:03 AM   #34 
  - Great stuff, thanks for sharing. n/t  Nickster   Dec-21-06 07:21 AM   #42 
  - No, clearly you hate women  IAmJacksSmirkingRevenge   Dec-21-06 07:24 AM   #43 
  - No  J Miles   Dec-21-06 08:26 AM   #47 
  - Is it sexism, or just a bullshit detector?  Beelzebud   Dec-21-06 09:02 AM   #51 
  - Hehe "decoder ring"  Ian_rd   Dec-21-06 11:54 AM   #70 
  - Spell it out for us  Az   Dec-21-06 09:10 AM   #54 
  - Shance has a great deal of circumstantial evidence which points to ...  Ian_rd   Dec-21-06 11:58 AM   #71 
  - Right.  yibbehobba   Dec-21-06 12:31 PM   #74 
  - So do you hate Jews, or are you just anti-Semitic?  Kelly Rupert   Dec-21-06 03:14 PM   #80 
  - We Have. That's Why We, Or At Least I, Find The OP's Premise To Be Hilarious!  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Dec-21-06 04:09 PM   #81 
  - I'm sceptical, I'm afraid  LeftishBrit   Dec-21-06 06:45 AM   #36 
  - later years  Mikey929   Dec-21-06 07:02 AM   #39 
     - Wrong  IAmJacksSmirkingRevenge   Dec-21-06 07:19 AM   #41 
     - Doesn't prove anything  LeftishBrit   Dec-21-06 08:54 AM   #48 
     - Yeah you're right. He couldn't come up with the Theory of Everything. What a dumb ass he was!  Beelzebud   Dec-21-06 09:00 AM   #50 
        - Rolls Eyes BAck  Mikey929   Dec-21-06 11:03 AM   #61 
           - Thanks Mikey for the information.  shance   Dec-21-06 11:42 AM   #69 
              - welcome  Mikey929   Dec-21-06 03:10 PM   #79 
  - So I am to believe that  BoneDaddy   Dec-21-06 06:55 AM   #37 
  - I don't believe that she is the author but that doesn't mean she didn't have an important role.  newportdadde   Dec-21-06 07:46 AM   #44 
  - Your tin-foil hat is on a little too tight  J Miles   Dec-21-06 08:17 AM   #45 
  - Thanks for the rational thought, and the links.  Beelzebud   Dec-21-06 09:07 AM   #53 
  - Thanks for the links  CabalPowered   Dec-21-06 10:46 AM   #59 
  - ROFL!! Such a pathetic grab using the tired "tinfoil". Are you that threatened  shance   Dec-21-06 11:13 AM   #63 
     - Good job not reading his post  IAmJacksSmirkingRevenge   Dec-21-06 11:27 AM   #64 
     - This is about what I expected  J Miles   Dec-21-06 02:28 PM   #78 
  - After a long day at the patent office...  Javaman   Dec-21-06 10:40 AM   #55 
  - More on Mileva  shance   Dec-21-06 11:30 AM   #65 
  - Yeah, I'm REAL threatened by intelligent women  IAmJacksSmirkingRevenge   Dec-21-06 11:35 AM   #66 
  - I'm not threatened by intelligent women!  LeftishBrit   Dec-21-06 12:24 PM   #73 
  - Absolutely none of that has to do with whether or not ...  Ian_rd   Dec-21-06 12:31 PM   #75 
  - Ayn, I certainly provided evidence. If you cannot read, I cannot help you.  shance   Dec-21-06 01:20 PM   #76 
     - actually you provided unsubstantial and debunked garbage  dionysus   Dec-21-06 02:19 PM   #77 
        - Please provide your "garbage" to defend.  shance   Dec-22-06 03:34 AM   #82 
  - So they had an imperfect marriage?  ForrestGump   Dec-22-06 04:08 AM   #86 
  - I am a woman, and I say,  quantessd   Dec-22-06 03:37 AM   #83 
     - Are we supposed to be impressed by your lack of full understanding?  shance   Dec-22-06 03:46 AM   #84 
        - No, you aren't.  quantessd   Dec-22-06 04:04 AM   #85 
 

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