This Is What Albert Einstein’s Desk Looked Like On The Day He Died

Albert Einsteins Desk Day He Died

Sixty years ago this month, Albert Einstein left this Earth. The prolific scientist’s impacts on how we perceive the universe are well known; Einstein’s funeral and cremation, however, are not.

Only LIFE photographer, Ralph Morse, was able to capture the events of that unfolded following the 76-year-old’s death to heart failure. However, almost all of these photos are collecting dust in LIFE archives, with Morse honoring the request of Einstein’s son to respect the family’s privacy while they mourned.

While most journalists and photographers had crowded around the Princeton Hospital where Einstein passed away, Morse ventured to Einstein’s office at the Institute for Advanced Studies. And then, because of course, Morse bought a case of scotch. Said Morse in a Time interview, “I knew people might be reluctant to talk, but most are happy to accept a bottle of booze, instead of money, in exchange for their help. So I get to the building, find the superintendent, give him a fifth of scotch and like that, he opens up the office.”

On Einstein’s desk we see his signature pipe and a nest of papers. Behind him, a mosaic of mathematical scribblings. It’s true; Einstein worked until the day that he died.

Vintage Portland: The City Of Roses Over Time

These days, Oregon’s most populous city is best known for its oddball residents, abundance of craft breweries, fiercely liberal agenda and, of course, Portlandia. Yet in 1843, Portland was little more than a chunk of land claimed by William Overton and Asa Lovejoy for just a 25-cent filing fee. Two years later, a coin toss decided that the city would be called “Portland” instead of “Boston,” and the rest is history.

Following the toss, a number of events would help form one of America’s coolest cities. In 1879, Portland’s first telephone lines were installed. Almost fifty years later in 1912, the city’s first rose garden was established, giving the Portland its official nickname: the Rose City.

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South Asia’s Vibrant New Year Celebrations Are In Full Swing

New Year Dai

The Dai minority celebrate the New Year in Xishuangbanna, China. Source: Financial Times

For most Americans, the New Year took place a little over four months ago, and was marked by champagne, midnight countdowns and the dropping of a very important ball. Yet in most South Asian countries, people celebrate the New Year in mid-April when spring is in full bloom. Celebrations vary greatly from community to community, but share the same optimistic and jovial vibes as other New Year’s traditions around the world.

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