While in some parts of the world, presidential sits causes instability, in other parts it's a do or die affair. In so many nations, this position has caused internal conflicts which led to the death of millions.
In some cases, some people assume the sit and want to rule forever, while some will leave and pass it on to their children so that it still remains within the family. The quest for this sit called the "Presidency" has set so many nations backward as well as claim lots of lives.
But as the saying goes: "one man's food is another's poison"; while some people can even go as far as taking the lives of others just to sit on that throne, somebody in history was offered the presidency and he turned it down.
Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952 and he rejected it. Albert Einstein was born on the 14th of March, 1879 in Ulm, Germany by Jewish parents. He came from a poor background and some of his teachers thought that he might be retarded. Even at 9, he was unable to speak fluently. However he left school at the age of 15. Einstein studied at the institute of technology in Zurich and at 26 he already had a doctorate in 1905.
That year, which students of history of Einstein's profession call the annus mirabilis, the "supernatural occurrence year"– he published five hypothetical papers that have a profound effect on the improvement of present day modern science.
Albert Einstein built up the first of his historical theories while filling in as a representative in the Swiss patent office in Bern. Subsequently after making his name with four scientific articles published in 1905, he went ahead to win worldwide fame for his general hypothesis of relativity and a Nobel Prize in 1921 for his clarification of the phenomenon known as the photoelectric impact.
He was a straightforward and outspoken pacifist who was openly identified with the Zionist movement. Einstein emigrated from Germany when it was clear to him that his life was in danger to the United States when the Nazis took control before World War II. He lived and worked in Princeton, New Jersey.
On November 9, 1952, the first president of Israel by name Chain Weizmann died. He has been in a poor state of health even before he was elected as the president of Israel in 1949 and because of his poor state of health, he could not actively put down policies and carry out the ceremonial duties as a president.
After Chain Weizmann passed on, the Israel government led by David Ben-Gurion took a stand and decided to offer the post of the presidency to renowned scientist Albert Einstein who was as at then 73 years old. He was sent a letter through the Israel ambassador to Washington, requesting that he accept the post of the presidency on the 17th of November, 1952.
In his reply, Einstein said he was saddened and ashamed because he could not accept the offer. He said all his life, he has dealt with objectives matters and that he lacked both the natural aptitude and the experience to deal with people and to exercise presidential functions. He said for the reasons he has stated above, he is unfit to fulfill the duties that comes with such high and prodigious office.
Albert Einstein, a standout amongst the most imaginative personalities in mankind's history passed on in Princeton in 1955 at the age of 76, three years after rejecting the highest office in Israel.
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