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English: The certificate of maturity issued to Albert Einstein in 1896, at the age of 17, after attending the cantonal high school in Aarau, Switzerland. In this scoring scheme, 6 is the highest, and 1 the lowest grade.


scanned from p. 29 of the book "Albert Einstein – Derrière l'image", by Ze'ev Rosenkranz. Editions Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 2005. ISBN 3-03823-182-7.


The authorities of the Canton of Aargau, Switzerland



Der Erziehungsrat des Kantons Aargau urkundet hiermit:

Herr Albert Einstein von Ulm, geboren den 14. März 1879, besuchte die aargauische Kantonsschule & zwar die III. & IV. Klasse der Gewerbeschule.

Nach abgelegter schriftl. & mündl. Maturitätsprüfung am 18., 19. & 21. September, sowie am 30. September 1896, erhielt derselbe folgende Noten:

  1. Deutsche Sprache und Litteratur: 5
  2. Französische Sprache und Litteratur: 3
  3. Englische Sprache und Litteratur: —
  4. Italienische Sprache und Litteratur: 5
  5. Geschichte: 6
  6. Geographie: 4
  7. Algebra: 6
  8. Geometrie (Planimetrie, Trigonometrie, Stereometrie & analytische Geometrie): 6
  9. Darstellende Geometrie: 6
  10. Physik: 6
  11. Chemie: 5
  12. Naturgeschichte: 5
  13. Im Kunstzeichnen: 4*
  14. Im technischen Zeichnen: 4*

*Hier gelten die Jahresleistungen

Gestützt hierauf wird demselben das Zeugnis der Reife erteilt.

Aarau, den 3ten Oktober 1896.
Im Namen des Erziehungsrates,
Der Präsident:
Der Sekretär:

English translation

The Council of Education of the Canton of Aargau hereby certifies:

Mr. Albert Einstein of Ulm, born 14 March 1879, attended the Cantonal School of Aargau, namely, the IIIrd and IVth class of the Commercial School.

On taking the written and oral exam of maturity on 18, 19 and 21 September, and on 30 September 1896, he received the following grades:

  1. German language and literature: 5
  2. French language and literature: 3
  3. English language and literature: —
  4. Italian language and literature: 5
  5. History: 6
  6. Geography: 4
  7. Algebra: 6
  8. Geometry (planimetry, trigonometry, stereometry and analytical geometry): 6
  9. Descriptive geometry: 6
  10. Physics: 6
  11. Chemistry: 5
  12. Natural history: 5
  13. In drawing: 4*
  14. In technical drawing: 4*

*The performance over the course of the year is considered.

Based thereon he is issued the certificate of maturity.

Aarau, 3 October 1896.
In the name of the Council of Education,
The President:
The Secretary:


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