The Washington Daily News

"Einstein is Dead"
Analysis by Gregory Mallon

                      Monday April 18, 1955


The Washington Daily News - "Einstein is Dead"

PRINCETON, N.J., April 18 (UP)-- Dr. Albert Einstein, 76, one of the greatest physicists of all time, died today at Princeton Hospital.

The frail little cosmic genius, whose theory of relativity unlocked the door to the atomic age, died quietly at 1:15am.  Six physicians, including three specialists from New York, were at his side.

Dr. P. Guy Dean, Dr. Einstein's physician, listed the cause of death as "inflammation of the gall bladder."

Dr. Einstein entered the hospital secretly last Friday.  News of his death was withheld for nearly seven hours.  Miss M. Hall, director of nurses at Princeton Hospital said Dr. Einstein's family "held up the announcement.".

"Death came suddenly" a spokesman said.  "He was conscious to the end".

Dr. Einstein's death set the world of science and education into deep mourning.

Dr. Harold W. Dodds, president of Princeton University, described Dr. Einstein's contribution to man's understanding of nature as "beyond assessment in our day".

On his 75th birthday last year, Dr. Einstein was hailed in London as the man "who has done more than anyone in the century to change the perspective of science itself".

It was in 1939 when the rumpled little man with the shock of unkempt white hair put President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the track of the atomic bomb.  Dr. Einstein said it could be built, but he firmly believed it should be held as a threat to dictators and not dropped on enemy cities.

Later, after the disasters at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Einstein brooded aloud.  He said the unleashing of the atom "has changed everything except out modes of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe."

Sought Theory for Years

It was in 1939 when the rumpled little man with the shock of unkempt white hair put President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the track of the atomic bomb.  Dr. Einstein said it could be built, but he firmly believed it should be held as a threat to dictators and not dropped on enemy cities.

It was in 1939 when the rumpled little man with the shock of unkempt white hair put President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the track of the atomic bomb.  Dr. Einstein said it could be built, but he firmly believed it should be held as a threat to dictators and not dropped on enemy cities.

 - UP, The Washington Daily News, Monday, April 18th, 1955