photo by Ralph Morse
LIFE Magazine has posted previously unpublished photos from the day that Albert Einstein died on April 18, 1955. The photos were shot by LIFE photojournalist Ralph Morse who used bottles of scotch to bribe people for access to Einstein’s life.
“I grabbed my cameras and drove the ninety miles to Princeton,” Morse recalls. “Einstein died at the Princeton Hospital, so I headed there first. But it was chaos — so many journalists, photographers, onlookers milling around outside what, back then, was a really small hospital. ‘Forget this,’ I said, and headed over to the building where Einstein’s office was. On the way there, I stopped and bought a case of scotch. I knew people might be reluctant to talk to me, and I knew that most people were happy to accept a bottle of scotch instead of money if you offered it in exchange for their help.