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Einstein's Grades
Posted:
Aug 18, 2014 12:32 AM


I was on another site and the oft repeated myth of Einstein getting bad grades came up.
I decided to do a little research.
Fact  Einstein had excellent grades.
http://www.nytimes.com/1984/02/14/science/einsteinrevealedasbrilliantinyouth.html
Interestingly?
  Although some Einstein biographers have disputed the widely held belief that Einstein was a poor student, the papers at Princeton lay this to rest, once and for all. According to Dr. Stachel, those who saw Einstein's academic records may have been misled by a reversal in the grading system of his school in Aargau, Switzerland.
Those records show that, for two successive terms, when Einstein was 16, his mark in arithmetic and algebra was 1 on a scale of 6, in which 1 was the highest grade. For the next term his mark was 6, which would have been the lowest grade, except that the grading scale had been reversed by school officials.  
If he had a troubling subject, it was French. Did anyone here go to school when Latin was required?
Bob Hansen



