How did Albert Einstein end up settling down in Princeton, New Jersey?

In 1933, Einstein received an offer for professorship from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey. Since he had no hopes of surviving in Germany, Einstein accepted the offer and gave up his German citizenship.

Einstein was fond of his Princeton home. His wife, Elsa, bought the home in 1935. The price of the property is not known from the deed which was recorded by the Mercer County Clerk’s Office on August 1, 1935.

Einstein’s sister Maja, his step-daughter Margot Einstein and his secretary Helen Dukas stayed with him in the house after Elsa’s death. He also requested that this house should not be turned into a museum.

However, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places and further designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1976. Its ownership passed to his step-daughter Margot Einstein upon his demise. It remained with Margot who was a sculptor until her death in 1986.

During his time at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Einstein worked intensely on his unified field theory. He became a US citizen in 1940. Despite retiring in 1945, he continued his research until his death in 1955.

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