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  • Einstein Urkunden

    Left to right: The new UZH and ETH publication in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s Nobel Prize, the cover of his doctoral thesis at the University of Zurich, and his doctoral certificate.

  • Albert Einstein at the Federal Patent Office in Bern, where he worked in 1905 – his annus mirabilis, in which he published five groundbreaking papers that would change the world.

  • From 1909 to 1911, Albert Einstein researched and taught in the University of Zurich’s former physics building at Rämistrasse 69.

  • Albert Einstein at his desk, photo from about 1920.

  • Albert Einstein delivering his Nobel Lecture to the Nordic Assembly of Naturalists at Gothenburg, 11 July 1923.

Einstein's Dissertation at UZH

Albert Einstein’s theories revolutionized physics and fundamentally changed our understanding of the world. In 1905, his annus mirabilis, or miracle year, Einstein published five groundbreaking papers. One of these papers was his doctoral thesis “Eine neue Bestimmung der Moleküldimensionen” (A New Determination of Molecular Dimensions), which he submitted to the University of Zurich.  It earned him his doctorate, conferred by UZH in 1906. His Zurich dissertation would become one of Einstein’s most cited research papers. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for his groundbreaking discoveries.

Albert Einstein: Revolutionizing Physics

The publication Revolutionizing Physics was developed to mark the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s Nobel Prize. It contains the original texts of the five papers published in his annus mirabilis 1905 and focuses on Einstein’s time in Zurich as well as his scientific achievements and legacy.
Albert Einstein: Revolutionizing Physics (PDF, 8 MB)