Einstein's Brier Pipe

Albert Einstein, creator of the theory of relativity, Nobel Prize winner, and striver for world peace, is almost as well known for his physical appearance as for his epochal work in theoretical physics. Characteristic of that appearance was a pipe. Although in his later years he restricted his smoking on doctors' orders, he couldn't bear to give up the tactile experience of a pipe itself. This one, in fact, gives evidence of Einstein's long usage in a hole he wore through its bit. He was still in the habit of holding it when in 1953 he gave it to a friend and admirer, Gina Plunguian, from whom it ultimately came to the Museum. It has become the most popular object in the Modern Physics collection.
Object Name
Date made
before 1948
Einstein, Albert
Plunguian, Gina
Einstein, Albert
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 15.8 cm x 3.6 cm; 6 1/4 in x 1 7/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Modern Physics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History

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