Why 26? "It's the age when the combination of knowledge and brashness is the most potent. At twenty-six a student is flush with up-to-date learning, yet is rebel enough--and full of beans enough--to defy the conservative scientific Establishment, and come up with some wild 'guesses'. After 26 he acquires much more knowledge--but also becomes more conservative.  He sees more trees but fewer forests."  Dr. Carl Anderson, Professor of Physics, Cal Tech University.





Albert Einstein, Born March 14, 1879  Year at age 26; 1905

In 1905, he published four groundbreaking papers, on the photoelectric effect, Brownian motion, special relativity,

and the equivalence of mass and energy, which were to bring him to the notice of the academic world.

Elton John,  Born March 25, 1947  Year at age 26; 1973

In 1973, Elton John releases "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player"

"It was magic,” Elton John recalled nearly 30 years later. "That time in my life, that creative period will never,

ever come back again. You search for it and you try to say, 'Oh, it would be great to do,' but it'll never happen

like that again. It was a special time.”


 William Shakespeare, a.k.a., The 17th Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, 

Born 12 April 1550 – 24 June 1604,  Year at age 26; 1575

The young Earl began an 18 month tour of Italy in the year 1575 which many Oxfordian theorists speculate is where he

became fluent in the language, and knowledgeable enough of the courts and culture to author 14 of the Shakespearean plays set in Italy

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Ansel Adams

The Beatles

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Charlie Chaplain

Gwen Stefani

Elizabeth II

William Shakespeare 

Elton John

Scarlett Johansson

Steven Spielberg

Steve Jobs

Neil Armstrong


Although we see that many well known persons have experienced something incredible at age 26, there are others who's 26th year experience didn't manifest itself until later in life.

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