Max Talmey

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Max Talmey
Fields Medicine
Institutions Munich Medical School
Notable students Albert Einstein

Max Talmey (1869–1941) was a Polish[1] ophthalmologist best known for mentoring Albert Einstein and his success in treating cataracts.[2]

Born into a poor Jewish family,[3][4] Talmey first met Albert Einstein when Einstein was ten years old.[5] Talmey was then attending Medical School in Germany.[6] Talmey was a weekly lunch guest of Einstein's family. He gave Albert Einstein a number of books about science, including works by Aaron Bernstein.[1]

Talmey published an account of Einstein's early life, "Personal Recollections of Einstein's Boyhood and Youth", in Scripta Mathematica.[7] He also published an account of the Einstein's Theory of Relativity.[6]

Talmey moved to Mount Sinai Hospital in 1895 where he served as an Ophthalmologist. He published scholarly works on cataracts and infant paralysis.[6]

In addition to his medical career, Talmey was a harsh critic of psychoanalysis. He also supported the development of Esperanto,[6] and also constructed his own language, which he called Gloro. He performed public readings of works translated into Gloro, which had similarities to Latin and Spanish.[8] He died in 1941.[6]


  1. ^ a b "A Tangled Life". Discover Magazine. September 30, 2004. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ "MAX TALMEY DIES; EYE SPECIALIST, 72; He Gained National Acclaim in Field for Cataract Remoyals". The New York Times. November 7, 1941. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ William Berkson (2010). "Einstein's Religious Awakening". Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Albert Einstein: A Jewish-American Hero". jspace. 2013-05-29. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "SAYS EINSTEIN AT TEN WAS EAGER STUDENT; Dr. Max Talmey, Friend of Scientist Since Childhood, to Write Book Explaining His Work.". The New York Times. February 17, 1931. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Arthur H. Aufses; Barbara Niss (2002), This house of noble deeds: the Mount Sinai Hospital, 1852-2002, NYU Press, p. 255, ISBN 978-0-8147-0500-1 
  7. ^ Personal Recollections of Einstein's Boyhood and Youth Max Talmey. Scripta Mathematica
  8. ^ "NEW WORLD TONGUE IN INTRODUCED HERE; Friend of Einstein Declares 'Gloro' Meets Need for an International Language". The New York Times. March 25, 1937. Retrieved October 11, 2011.