But history has conveniently ignored a troubling fact about the German-born physicist – he was something of a misogynist, who imposed a series of downright offensive and controlling demands on his first wife, Mileva Maric.
Einstein met Maric – an accomplished mathematician in her own right – while they were both studying at Zurich Polytechnic.
They married in 1903, when Einstein was 24 and Maric was 28.
Some historians even claim Maric contributed to some of Einstein’s most famous work, including his Theory of Relativity. Feeling threatened by her talents though, he allegedly omitted her name from his studies.
Although Einstein and Maric initially bonded over a mutual interest in physics, historians say the famed scientist was difficult to live with, claiming he was obsessed with his work, and would often turn reclusive and neglectful of his personal hygiene.
Furthermore, Einstein began cheating on Maric almost as soon as they were married, and later left her for his cousin, Elsa Lowenthal... who he also cheated on.
Einstein and Maric's marriage was a turbulent one, and they temporarily split in 1914, after 11 years of marriage.
It was then that Einstein presented his wife with a list of demands, claiming he would only return to the marriage if she agreed to his guidelines.
The rules basically worked in favour of Einstein and were demeaning for his wife, reducing her to nothing more than his personal servant:
A. You will make sure:
1. that my clothes and laundry are kept in good order;
2. that I will receive my three meals regularly in my room;
3. that my bedroom and study are kept neat, and especially that my desk is left for my use only.