Robert Einstein: the engineer cousin of Albert Einstein in Italy (Part 1)
by Stefania Bufano
Robert and Albert’s Fathers in Italy
Robert Einstein (Munich, 1884), an engineer and Albert Einstein’s cousin, as well as some other Einstein relatives, had a long connection with Italy.
Hermann Einstein, Albert’s father, a German entrepreneur and electricity industry pioneer, with Jacob Einstein, also an engineer and Robert’s father, in 1894 moved their activities to Pavia.
The same year Albert’s mother and sister, Pauline Einstein and Maria (Maja) Einstein, moved to Milan with Hermann and then to Pavia, while Albert stayed in Munich to study and would join the family later for a period.
The Einstein’s factory in Italy, the Officine Elettrotecniche Nazionali Einstein-Garrone, closed after two years.
Hermann re-started a new activity still in Italy, but then died in Milan in 1902. He was buried in the Monumental Cemetery of Milan, at The Edicola Palanti (Civico Mausoleo Palanti) dedicated to honorable citizens of Milan.
Later, Jacob also died in Milan, in 1912, but he was buried in Austria.