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    Sale 7590

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 114

    EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Autograph letter and two typed letters signed ('Albert (Papa)' and 'Papa') to his older son, Hans Albert, n.p., 19 October 1942, 3 August 1943 and n.d. ('Freitag'), together one page, 4to, in autograph, and two pages, 4to, typed.

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    EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Autograph letter and two typed letters signed ('Albert (Papa)' and 'Papa') to his older son, Hans Albert, n.p., 19 October 1942, 3 August 1943 and n.d. ('Freitag'), together one page, 4to, in autograph, and two pages, 4to, typed.

    US citizenship and career advice. In the first typed letter, Einstein feels it is high time Hans Albert were employed in war work ('Ich glaube wirklich, dass es höchste Zeit ist, Dich um eine Kriegsarbeit umzusehen'), and suggests a contact who knows his capacities and will be able to suggest something -- Einstein himself will be able to contribute a recommendation as necessary. In August 1943 Einstein expresses his contentment that Hans Albert has bitten the bullet and chosen a placement which will enable him to return to the promising field of soil conservation after the war ('Ich bin froh, dass Du in den zunächst einmal sauren Apfel gebissen hast, weil es besser für Dich ist wenn Du bei Deiner Profession bleibst .... Auch ist es meiner Ueberzeugung nach nicht zweifelhaft, dass nach dem Kriege die Soil-Conservation wider ihrer wahren Bedeutung nachbehandelt werden wird'). In the undated autograph letter, Einstein looks forward to Hans Albert receiving his US citizenship papers in the near future, and recommends that he find a long term position, perhaps in Pasadena, as there is likely to be considerable competition for jobs once the war is over: Professor Veblen will be able to give helpful advice in this connection, but Hans Albert cannot rely on him alone.

    Hans Albert went on to join the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, in 1947, and later became Professor of Hydraulic Engineering there. (3)


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