London, South Kensington
6 December 2002
EINSTEIN, Albert. Three typed letters signed ('A. Einstein') to Dr Arthur Beer, Princeton and Old Lyme, Connecticut, 11 January 1934 - 3 July 1935, one with autograph postscript, in German, together 3 pages, 4to (punched holes to left margin), backed onto card. Provenance: Dr Arthur Beer (1900-1980, see footnote to lot 79), and by descent.
LETTERS TO A FELLOW REFUGEE SCIENTIST. In the earliest letter Einstein writes that there is still hope of finding the recipient a position in an American observatory, and suggests he send some of his publications with a covering letter to the American Astronomical Society; Einstein has left behind in Europe the publications Beer had previously sent. Three months later, Einstein has learnt with regret that a colleague's efforts to find Russell a post in America have been unsuccessful, and asks to be kept informed, adding that he is very ready to recommend him for any position. A postscript notes that he is remaining in America for the summer. In 1935 he recommends Beer send his new work to Professor Howard Shapley at Harvard College Observatory, and explain his situation and Einstein's sponsorship.
Between the dates of the first two letters in the series Arthur Beer emigrated from Germany to Britain, where he worked at Cambridge University Observatories. Einstein made constant efforts during the 1930s to assist scientists attempting to escape Nazi Germany. He himself had emigrated to the USA in 1933, and was never to return to Europe. (3)
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