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Did Einstein's Wife “Discover” Relativity?

Friday, January 22, 2016 7:38
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Why was Einstein’s wife’s name on the 
scientific papers that brought
him worldwide recognition? Was he
being chivalrous? Or did he
wish to divert blame in case their
plagiarism was discovered? 

by Christopher Jon Bjerknes
When Albert Einstein died in 1955, Soviet physicist Abram Joffe published a biographical obituary in which he revealed,  “The author of these articles–an unknown person at that time, was a bureaucrat at the Patent Office in Bern, Einstein-Marity.”

This is not Einstein but his wife, Mileva Maric, a Serbian physicist who was the only female in Einstein’s class at the Zurich Polytechnic. 

Joffe was referring to three papers first published in Annalen der Physik in 1905 which made Albert Einstein famous. Joffe had seen the original manuscripts that had been submitted for review.

In 1962, Joffe’s friend Daniil Semenovich Danin clarified the fact that the papers were signed “Einstein-Marity”.  “The unsuccessful teacher, who, in search of a reasonable income, had become a third class engineering expert in the Swiss Patent Office, this yet completely unknown theoretician in 1905 published three articles in the same volume of the famous ‘Annalen der Physik‘ signed ‘Einstein-Marity’ (or Marić–which was his first wife’s family name).”

These stunning statements were largely lost behind the iron curtain. Desanka Trbuhovic-Gjuric  pointed out that “Einstein-Marity” was never Albert Einstein’s name, only Mileva’s. She argued that Mileva was the coauthor of these famous works that first expressed Einstein’s special theory of relativity, a theory of Brownian motion and the law of the photo-electric effect.


 Joffe tried to meet Einstein: “I did not come to know Albert Einstein, until I met him in Berlin. [***] I wanted very much to talk to Einstein [***] and visited him in Zurich together with my friend Wagner. But we did not find him home, so we did not have a chance to talk, and his wife told us that, according to his own words, he is only a civil servant in the patent office, and he has no serious thoughts about science, much less about experiments.”

We have direct evidence from Albert’s own pen that the relevant work on relativity theory was a collaboration between Mileva and him, “How happy and proud I will be, when we two together have victoriously led our work on relative motion to an end!”

Albert pleaded with Mileva in one letter, “As my dear wife, we will want to engage in a quite diligent scientific collaboration, so that we don’t become old Philistines, isn’t it so?”


In 2002, I published a chapter in my book Albert Einstein: The Incorrigible Plagiarist outlining the facts which evinced Mileva’s role as author, or at least coauthor, of these 1905 papers. That section of the book attracted more attention than any other. I have greatly expanded my research into a full length book just released titled Mileva Einstein-Marity: Einstein’s Partner in Crime.

Why partner in crime? Because these supposedly breakthrough papers contained little that was original to either Albert Einstein, or Mileva Einstein-Marity, even though their paper on the principle of relativity failed to make reference to a single source. It was almost entirely plagiarized from prior works in nearly verbatim terms.

Einstein’s plagiarism was widely known and publicly discussed just prior to the time the Nobel committee awarded Albert Einstein the Nobel Prize in 1921. Rallies had been held in Germany where Nobel laureates condemned Einstein. Professor Oskar Edvard Westin, of Stockholm, informed the Nobel Foundation Directorate of the unoriginality of Einstein’s work, its metaphysical delusions, and of the accusations of plagiarism outstanding against Einstein, some of which Einstein never denied.

Prof. Westin published an article in the prominent Swedish newspaper Nya Dagligt Allehanda on 22 October 1922 levelling these charges at Einstein and calling him a dishonest investigator and a plagiarist, undeserving of the Nobel Prize premium. The second half of my book is devoted to Einstein’s Nobel Prize and the scandals it caused. Prof. Westin’s article is republished in full.

Mileva Einstein-Marity, since divorced from Albert, extorted the Nobel Prize monies from Einstein, and he paid them to her in full. Given the public scandal surrounding Einstein’s plagiarism of the theory of relativity from Poincare, Lorentz, Soldner, Gerber and others, the Nobel Committee was obliged to expressly state that the prize was awarded, “irrespective of such value which, after eventual substantiation, may be assigned to his relativity and gravitational theories”. They instead awarded Einstein’s Nobel Prize for the law of the photo-electric effect, but also awarded Robert Andrews Millikan the Nobel Prize in 1923 for the very same thing!

Even the award for the law of the photo-electric effect produced an international scandal, because Nobel Prizes in physics were only to be awarded for scientific discoveries and experimental results, not theories. It was Millikan who made those discoveries, not the Einsteins. Albert flouted the rules and in his acceptance speech discussed the theory of relativity as if he had been given an award for it, despite the express admonition that no such award had been given.


Einstein’s Partner in Crime is available from Amazon.


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