May 11, 1916: Einstein presents theory of general relativity

Albert Einstein presented his theory of general relativity before the Prussian Academy of Sciences. During the presentation, he described his theory as a consequence of the curvature of space-time rather than gravity being a force as described by Newton's law of gravity. Although it was only one of his many major contributions to the development of quantum and statistical mechanics, the general theory of relativity catupulted him to fame. Einstein received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921.