BIOGRAPHIES
The
following
sketches
provide biographical
information
about
persons
who
first
figure
in
Einstein's
life
in
some
document
appearing
in
this volume.
They
give
special emphasis
to
the
subject's relationship
with Einstein. The
significance
of
that
relationship
and the absence of
biographical
information
in
standard
reference
works
are
the criteria used in
selecting
the
subjects.
Biographies
of Hermann and
Jakob
Einstein
are
not included, since all
pres-
ently
available information
is
contained
in
MWE and the footnotes
accompanying
it
(pp.
xlviii-lxvi).
Similar
biographies
will
appear
in
later
Correspondence
volumes.
The
biographies
are
presented alphabetically by
surname.
Married
women
are
listed under both their maiden and married
names;
the main
entry is
placed
under the married
name
unless there
is
evidence of
preference
for the
maiden
name.
Women who
are
Swiss
nationals
use
the form
(married
name)-
(maiden
name),
and
are so
listed.
The
surnames
of
biographical
subjects are
printed
in
small
capital
letters
in
all
editorial
matter in
both
the
Writings
and
Correspondence.
Besso,
Michele Angelo
b.
25
May 1873
in Riesbach, canton
of Zurich
d.
15
March
1955
in
Petit-Saconnex,
canton of
Geneva
Close friend and
life-long
correspondent
of
Einstein. Son
of
an
insurance
com-
pany
director from Trieste.
1879-1889,
lived
in
Trieste;
attended
primary
school,
and
secondary
school until
expelled.
1889-1890,
finished
secondary
school in Rome.
1890-1891,
studied mathematics and
physics
at
University
of
Rome. 1891-1895,
studied mechanical
engineering
at
ETH.
1896-1899,
worked
at
electrical
machinery factory
in Winterthur.
1896,
met
Einstein
at
a
musical
evening
in Zurich. Ca.
1897,
recommended Mach's Mechanik and
Wärmelehre to
Einstein.
1898,
married Anna Winteler
(1872-1944),
with whom
he
had
a
son,
Vero
(1898-1971).
1900-1901,
technical
expert
in Milan for
the
Society
for the
Development
of Electrical
Enterprises
in
Italy. 1901,
Ein-
stein enlisted Michele's uncle
(a
professor
at
the Technical Institute
in Milan)
and father in
attempts
to
obtain
a
position
in
Italy.
1901-1904,
on
father's
death,
returned
to Trieste,
where
he
ran
his
own
engineering-consulting
office.
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