The Einstein Memorial

The Einstein Memorial, Washington DC, Ben Berks, public art

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 notion.


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.

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