Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein worked as a patent examiner in the Swiss patent office in Bern from 1902-1909, evaluating applications for patents on electromechanical devices.

He was a third-class patent examiner due to his lack of a Doctoral degree.[1] He had not finished in the top half of his class, and had failed at finding teaching work at the Gymnasium level. The humility of his trajectory, along with the constant examination of the challenges addressed by highly finite patented innovations played some role relative to the grandeur and abstraction for which he is later known.


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Names Albert Einstein
Birth date 1879
Death date 1955
Countries CH, US
Locations Bern
Occupations patent examiner
Tech areas electromechanical devices
Affiliations Swiss patent office
Wikidata id Q937