Many messages of tribute and praise for Prof. Albert Einstein, foremost scientist, were read at the jubilee celebration held last night at the Metropolitan Opera House in honor of Prof. Einstein’s fiftieth birthday.
President Hoover and Lord Balfour headed a long list of American and European statesmen and scientists who paid tribute to the author of the relativity theory. The meeting was held under the auspices of the Jewish National Fund and the Zionist Organization of America and sponsored by a representative committee of Jews and non-Jews of which Herman Bernstein was chairman.
Secretary of the Interior Ray Lyman Wilbur, the German Ambassador, Count Friedrich W. von Prittwitz and Louis Marshall were the principal speakers.
President Hoover, declaring his approval of “the plan to pay tribute to Prof. Albert Einstein on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of his birthday.” said of the scientist: “Prof. Einstein ranks high among the foremost scientists of all time who have enriched mankind by their invaluable contributions to thought and human progress. Every important scientific achievement is a step forward in the direction of better universal understanding and good will. It is very fitting that distinguished educators and other publicspirited Americans are paying this tribute to Prof. Einstein.”
Lord Balfour, in a message transmitted through the Jewish Telegraphic
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Agency, declared: “I congratulate the organizers of the Einstein celebration upon the honor they are conferring on a great investigator. He profoundly modified scientific conceptions of the material universe. His name will be remembered through the ages as among the greatest of those who have sought pure knowledge for its own sake and have found it.”
Prof. A. A. Michelson, winner of the Nobel prize in physics, who has corroborated some of Einstein’s theories, sent a message from the University of Chicago, stating that he esteems “it a great privilege to be among the many who have gathered together to honor the man who has opened a new world of thought to modern science.”
Among the hundreds of messages were those from Prof. John Grier Hibben, president Princeton University; Dr. Julian Morgenstern, president Hebrew Union College; the University of Kansas; Chancellor E. A. Burnett of the University of Nebraska; Judge Benjamin N. Cardozo of the New York Court of Appeals; President David Kinely, University of Illinois; Prof. J. McKeen Cattell, editor, “Science” and former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; President C. C. Little, University of Michigan; President James Angell. Yale University; President Wallace W. Atwood. Clark University.