While living in Bern, Einstein met regularly with a close circle of friends who shared his interests in physics and philosophy. These individuals included the Romanian student Maurice Solovine, his old friend Conrad Habicht, an electrical engineer Lucien Chavan, and Einstein's closest friend from the Polytechnic, Michele Angelo Besso. These men met late into the night to discuss their intellectual interests and referred to themselves as the Olympia Academy. At the end of 1902, Einstein's father suffered a heart attack and Einstein returned to Milan to visit him. On his deathbed, Hermann Einstein finally consented to Einstein's marriage to Mileva Maric, and the couple wed on January 6, 1903. By this point, Mileva had lost much of her interest in science and had become a housewife. The couple's first son, Hans Albert, was born in May 1904. The years 1903-1905 were arguably the most productive years of Einstein's entire
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