Now you may think that Einstein has the “my son, Albert’s a famous scientist” thing wrapped up, but you’d be wrong. Without intending to take any glory away from Pauline Einstein, here are ten more scientists called Albert (and I could go on):
Albert Cornelius Antoine
Albert P. Crary
Albert Y. Leung
Albert Cornelius Antoine was born in New York in January, 1925 and has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Ohio State University. He has been attached to the NASA Lewis Research Center since the year I was born and has conducted specialised research in the field of photochemistry.
Albert Arking is principal research scientist at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. His research interests are atmospheric physics and global climatology.
Albert P. Crary (1911 - 1987), was a polar geophysicist and glaciologist and the first person to set foot on both the North and South Poles. Born into a farming family in northern New York state, he was the eldest son in a family of 7 children. The Crary Ice Rise in the Antarctic is named for him.
Albert Ghiorso from California helped discover several elements on the periodic table.
Albert Haldemann is deputy project scientist, Mars Exploration Rover Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. He is 12 years younger than me.
Dr. Albert Y. Leung is a pharmacognosist with a B.S. in Pharmacy from the National Taiwan University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmacognosy from the University of Michigan. He was the original developer of a popular herbal blend called Intra TM in which he no longer has any interest and from which he now entirely dissociates himself.
Saint Albert the Great, Sankt Albert der Grosse, Albert of Cologne, Albert of Lauingen, Doctor Universalis and Albertus Magnus are one and the same.
Albert Abraham Michelson was born in Strzelno (Poland) on December 19, 1852, son of Samuel Michelson and Rozalia, daughter of Abraham Przylubski from Inowroclaw. He grew up mainly in Nevada, and San Francisco From 1923 to 1927 he served as president of the National Academy of Sciences. When I was at school, I had a scripture teacher from Poland called Rabbi Michelson. Could they be related, I wonder?
Albert Schweitzer was an Alsatian. He established a hospital at Lambaréné, Gabon and was on the religious side. Gabon now has a very short president who wears platform shoes.
Albert Szent-Györgyi won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1937. Why? I’m not sure. In his speech at the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm, December 10, 1937, he said: “I am the son of a small and far-away nation.”
(That’s enough Alberts [ed])