Albert Einstein, circa 1947. The scientist rode the Peak Tram in Hong Kong on November 9, 1922 oblivious to news he had won a Nobel Prize – which only reached him by telegram three days later in Shanghai. Picture: Alamy Albert Einstein, circa 1947. The scientist rode the Peak Tram in Hong Kong on November 9, 1922 oblivious to news he had won a Nobel Prize – which only reached him by telegram three days later in Shanghai. Picture: Alamy
Albert Einstein, circa 1947. The scientist rode the Peak Tram in Hong Kong on November 9, 1922 oblivious to news he had won a Nobel Prize – which only reached him by telegram three days later in Shanghai. Picture: Alamy
Adam Nebbs
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Travellers' Checks by Adam Nebbs

Why was Einstein in Hong Kong the day he won the Nobel Prize?

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Albert Einstein, circa 1947. The scientist rode the Peak Tram in Hong Kong on November 9, 1922 oblivious to news he had won a Nobel Prize – which only reached him by telegram three days later in Shanghai. Picture: Alamy Albert Einstein, circa 1947. The scientist rode the Peak Tram in Hong Kong on November 9, 1922 oblivious to news he had won a Nobel Prize – which only reached him by telegram three days later in Shanghai. Picture: Alamy
Albert Einstein, circa 1947. The scientist rode the Peak Tram in Hong Kong on November 9, 1922 oblivious to news he had won a Nobel Prize – which only reached him by telegram three days later in Shanghai. Picture: Alamy
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Adam Nebbs

Adam Nebbs

Adam has lived in Hong Kong since 1988. He briefly managed the demise of the Wanderlust travel bookshop on Hollywood road in the mid 1990s, then worked as Associate Editor on Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine Discovery for several years. He began writing Travellers’ Checks for Post Magazine in 1998, working for several years under the pseudonym Peter Walbrook. A former contributing editor for the exclusive luxury travel guide NB Review, he has also edited several books, including the first-ever travel guide to Uzbekistan in 1996, and 'The Amazing Adventures of Betsy And Niki' (2008) by Captain Charles “Chic” Eather. His non-fiction book 'The Great Fire of Hong Kong', was published in 2010.