If you ever find yourself in Princeton NJ, a random fact that is somewhat hard it miss is that the one and only Albert Einstein spent a good deal of his life living in Princeton. Located along a side street just a few blocks from the University there stands a White House that doesn’t look all that different from the other homes, the only thing really different about it is the sign on the gate reading “private residence”. That and of course that it was home to one of the most brilliant minds in history for the last 22 years of his life.
From 1933 until his death in 1955, Albert Einstein call the simple White House at 112 Mercer Street home.
While living in Princeton, Einstein worked at the newly founded Institute for Advanced Study. Though the Institute is independent of the University, its original offices were located on Princeton’s campus. As such, from 1933 to 1939, Einstein’s office was 109 Fine Hall (now Jones Hall) and he also conducted work in the Palmer Physics Laboratory (now the Frist Campus Center). Though he was never a member of Princeton’s faculty, Einstein led a University seminar on the mathematics of relativity and often helped students with math problems.
For those who are living in the materialist world of today, seeing this home is a nice reminder of the fact that it’s not how big your home is or how much stuff you have, but how you give to the world we live in.