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Einstein, Albert, Mother of

  • By: Jill Mahoney
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Pauline Einstein (1858–1920) was the mother of the well-known physicist Albert Einstein. She was born Pauline Koch in Cannstatt, Württemberg (now Baden-Württemberg), Germany on February 8, 1858, into a Jewish family, and had one older sister and two older brothers. Pauline's father, Julius Koch, was successful and attained a considerable fortune in the grain business, as well as serving as a purveyor to the Royal Württemberg Court. In 1876, 18-year-old Pauline married Hermann Einstein, a merchant who at the time was living in Ulm, Württemberg (a city in situated on the River Danube). After the marriage, Hermann and Pauline lived in Ulm, and Hermann was employed as a joint partner in a bedfeathers company. Their first child, Albert, was born on March 14, 1879, in ...

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