Presented is a typed letter from Albert Einstein to Dr. Gabriel Segall. Dated February 23, 1948, the letter is written in German and signed in dark ink, “A. Einstein.” Two photographs accompany the letter along with a small plaque. All elements are presented together in a custom built archival frame.
Typed on Einstein’s personal letterhead, the letter thanks Dr. Segall for his recent correspondence and says he is looking forward to a planned future meeting. Segall was Einstein’s personal doctor during his stay in California and the two became dear friends.
Albert Einstein is considered one of the best known theoretical physicists in history. Einstein’s theory of relativity is one of the two pillars of modern physics. He developed the theory after years of occupational failures and hardship. After testing his theory, Einstein became an instant scientific star considered the successor to Isaac Newton. In 1921, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work. Over the next few years, Einstein corresponded and worked with many famous thinkers of the day including Sigmund Freud, Edwin Hubble, and Rabindranath Tagore. Despite his international respect, Einstein soon found himself at odds with his country. The rising Nazi Regime in Germany attacked Einstein’s theories and denounced his findings because of his Jewish background. After receiving threats on his life, Einstein left his home country for America and never returned. He settled at Princeton University in New Jersey. As the threat of war rose and tensions increased, Einstein’s famous equation E = mc2 was used to develop the atomic bomb. He was never invited onto the Manhattan Project, and later vehemently opposed creating the Hydrogen bomb. Throughout his life, Einstein remained highly active in physics attempting to create a unified field theory. His legacy also includes a strong stance on civil rights, speaking out against racism and war. His beloved personality and poetic opinions earned him the respect of many across the world. Letters such as this show that he is not only capable of groundbreaking scientific theories, but testify to his ability to connect with people.
Overall very good condition. The typed letter on Einstein’s personal letterhead is faded, but the signature is still dark and clearly legible. Fold lines are present, as expected. No other notable damage. The two photographs are newly printed. All elements are framed together according to the highest archival standards.
Framed Dimensions: 20.4"H x 38.6"W x 1"D
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