The Einstein Memorial
Public Art: The Einstein Memorial
Sculptor: © Robert Berks
Description: The enormous bronze sculpture of Albert
Einstein pondering under elm trees was erected in honor of the centennial of the great scientist's birth. Mr
Eistein sits on a three step bench made from Mount Airy (North Carolina) white granite. In his left hand he
holds a piece of paper with three of his most important mathematical equations: the photoelectric effect,
the theory of general relativity, and the equivalence of energy and matter. At the base of the statue are
tiles made of emerald pearl granite from Larvik, Norway that have been embedded with over 2,700 metal studs. Now
here is the amazing part, each stud represents the planets, sun, moon, stars, and other celestial objects in the
exactly positions they were aligned on the day the memorial was unveiled. The positioning was
done by astronomers from the U.S. Naval Observatory .
Date Unveiled: The Albert Einstein statue was
unveiled at the National Academy of Sciences' annual meeting, on the 22nd of April, 1979.
As long as I have any choice in the matter, I shall live only in a country where civil liberty,
tolerance, and equality of all citizens before the law prevail.
Joy and amazement of the beauty and grandeur of this world of which man can just form a faint
The right to search for truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has
recognized to be true.
Location: The Einstein Memorial is located outside
the National Academy of Sciences building, Washington DC, USA.