Professor Albert Einstein was a guest of honor at a dinner held in the Roosevelt Hotel Monday evening commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel awards. It was the first time in many months that the distinguished scientist who is now teaching and conducting research at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, had appeared at a public gathering.
In an address before a distinguished gathering which included recipients of the famous Nobel prizes, Dr. Einstein paid tribute to the memory of the Swedish benefactor saying,
“Nobel’s soul might have been depressed because his most important creative achievement benefitted those powers which, as a human being, he considered hostile and destructive.”
He said that human beings of the type that Nobel was “will lead us to a solution of the most acute socialeconomic problems of our day, human beings for whom economic achievements are only the means in order to serve the development of human values.”