Einstein's Letter to Marie Curie: Ignore the Haters

Haters gonna hate even Nobel Prize winning physicist Marie Curie. In a recently released letter, fellow scientific genius Albert Einstein offered some words of support to Curie as she faced her critics.
Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue

Albert Einstein, making a now iconic face in 1951, wrote a letter of support to fellow scientific genius Marie Curie after she came under a microscope of personal criticism in 1911. (Photo: Bettmann/CORBIS)

The Internet was on fire yet again with another high-profile trolling incident involving some famous names. . . from over a century ago. Everyone seems to be talking about a recently released letter from Albert Einstein to pioneering female physicist Marie Curie telling her not to sweat the “reptiles” a.k.a. trolls of their day.

The year was 1911 and haters were hating on Nobel Prize winner Curie who was denied a seat in the French Academy of Sciences, possibly because she was a woman, an atheist and for having a scandalous relationship with a married man, fellow scientist Paul Langevin who, at the time, was estranged from his wife. 

Einstein’s letter of support was recently posted online, among 5,000 of his personal papers as part the Digital Einstein Papers, and shows that even geniuses like Curie landed under a microscope of unfair criticism. Here’s Einstein’s letter:

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Albert Einstein and Marie Curie. (Photo: Unknown Author/Wikimedia Commons)

This letter is just one small glimpse into the treasure trove of Einstein’s papers now online for the world to read. For more, visit the Digital Einstein Papers.