Albert Einstein died today, 57 years ago. During that span, he was married eleven years to Mileva Maric – but things weren’t going so well. In fact, Mileva wanted to divorce Einstein but the future Nobel Prize winner convinced her to stay with him for the sake of the children — with a few conditions.
Here are the conditions Einstein laid out for his wife:
A. You will make sure:
2. that I will receive my three meals regularly in my room;
3. that my bedroom and study are kept neat, and especially that my desk is left for my use only.
B. You will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons. Specifically, You will forego:
2. my going out or travelling with you.
C. You will obey the following points in your relations with me:
2. you will stop talking to me if I request it;
3. you will leave my bedroom or study immediately without protest if I request it.
D. You will undertake not to belittle me in front of our children, either through words or behavior.
These conditions, downright absurd, led to their divorce shortly after. She kept the kids – he kept his career.
Einstein and Maric officially split in 1919 and, short afterword, married Eisa Lowenthal who died in 1936.