The Albert Einstein Memorial is a monumental bronze statue depicting Albert
Einstein seated with manuscript papers in hand.
The statue was sculpted by Robert Berks in 19 sections and then welded together.
It weighs 7,000 pounds and would stand 21 feet high. The statue sits on a
bench that is white granite from Mount Airy, North Carolina.
The statue and bench are at one side of a circular dais, 28 feet in diameter.
Embedded in the dais are more than 2,700 metal studs representing the location
of astronomical objects (Sun, Moon, planets, 4 asteroids, 5 galaxies, 10
quasars, and many stars). The studs are different sizes to denote the
apparent magnitude of the relevant object, and different studs denote
binary stars, spectroscopic binaries, pulsars, globular clusters, open clusters,
The statue was unveiled on April 22, 1979, in honor of the centennial of the great
For more information, see links below
National Academy of Sciences
Albert Einstein Memorial
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