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HE did not like to wear socks, never learned to drive and failed his university entrance exam the first time around, applying again a year later.

Albert Einstein was notoriously absentminded and insisted: "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."

The German-born physicist and mathematical genius published his famous general theory of relativity 100 years ago and a few years later was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics. He gave part of the prize money to his first wife Mileva Maric as a divorce settlement.

His 1905 E=mc2 theorem dealing with massenergy equivalence has been called the world's most famous equation and he once said: "It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid."

His theory of relativity explains that what we perceive as the force of gravity in fact arises from the curvature of space and time.

Legend has it that Einstein did not talk until he was four and his interest in science was sparked by a compass that his father gave him to cheer him up when he was sick when he was five.

He began his career working as a junior patent examiner in Switzerland and was 26 when he first started publishing papers that would reshape physics and change the way people viewed the universe.

His paper on the General Theory of Relativity in 1916 proved a major breakthrough and he once explained: "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

Einstein was Jewish and was in America when Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933.

He did not return to Germany, but settled in the USA and eventually became an American citizen.

He published more than 300 scientific papers during his lifetime and more than 150 non-scientific works.

He was candidly open with his second wife Elsa about his string of affairs and never tried to hide them. In fact, he wrote to her and his step-daughter Margot almost every day.

It is believed he was involved with at least six women, including his "Russian spy lover" Margarita. Einstein was also a great lover of music and began playing the violin when he was five. "If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music," he declared.

Einstein died, aged 76, in 1955 from a burst blood vessel.

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