Cause of death
Albert Einstein's son
28 July 1910 (
Cemetery Honggerberg, Zurich
Hans Albert Einstein, Lieserl
Mileva Maric, Albert Einstein
Hans Albert Einstein, Lieserl Einstein
Bernhard Caesar Einstein, Klaus Martin Einstein
Albert Einstein, Hans Albert Einstein, Mileva Maric, Lieserl Einstein, Elsa Einstein
October 25, 1965 (aged 55) , Burgholzli, Riesbach, Switzerland
Eduard Einstein - Insanity
Eduard Einstein (28 July 1910 – 25 October 1965) was born in Zurich, Switzerland, the second son of physicist Albert Einstein and his first wife Mileva Maric. Albert Einstein and his family moved to Berlin in 1914. Shortly thereafter the parents separated, and Maric returned to Zurich, taking Eduard and his older brother Hans Albert with her. His father remarried in 1919 and in the 1930s emigrated to the United States under the threat of the German Nazi regime.
A good student, Eduard began to study medicine with the goal of entering the new field of psychiatry. At age 20 he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and two years later was committed to an asylum for the first of several times throughout the remainder of his life. After his mother's death in 1948, he was committed full-time.
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Eduard was a good student and had musical talent. After gymnasium, he started to study medicine to become a psychiatrist, but by the age of twenty, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was institutionalized two years later for the first of several times. Biographers of his father have speculated that the drugs and "cures" of the time did more damage to the young Einstein than aide to him, but schizophrenia can be intractable. His brother Hans Albert Einstein believed that his memory and cognitive abilities were damaged by electroconvulsive therapy treatments.
After suffering a breakdown, Eduard had told his father that he hated him. Albert Einstein immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1933 after the rise of the Nazi German government and never saw his son again. The father and son, whom the father fondly referred to as "Tete" (for petit), corresponded regularly before and after Eduard became ill. Their correspondence continued after the father's immigration to the United States.
Eduard remained interested in music and art, wrote poetry, and was a Sigmund Freud enthusiast. He hung a picture of Freud on his bedroom wall.
His mother cared for him until she died in 1948. From then on Eduard lived most of the time at the psychiatric clinic Burgholzli in Zurich, where he died in 1965 of a stroke at age 55. He is buried at Honggerberg Cemetery in Zurich. Groups working to support research on mental illness have used the prominence of the Einstein family to help raise public awareness of schizophrenia.