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Professor Einstein to Give Berlin University Salary for Scholarship to Be Created by Government

October 18, 1932
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Professor Albert Einstein has agreed to contribute the salary he receives from the University of Berlin for a scholarship fund to be created in his name by the Prussian Government, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learns today.

The Prussian government suggested the creation of the scholarship fund, which is to be placed at the disposal of Professor Einstein, when he offered to release the University of Berlin and the Ministry of Education from their contract with him in view of the fact that his engagements abroad will considerably shorten the time he will be able to allot to the University of Berlin.

Professor Einstein informed the University that henceforth he will be spending five months annually in the United States with the Institute for Advanced Study and one month every year at Oxford University.

He suggested to the Ministry of Education that since the Prussian State would be carrying the unfair burden of paying his salary that it replace him on the faculty and eliminate his salary.

The Ministry of Education declined, however, to replace him. Instead it replied that the government is highly appreciative of his work and that it desires him to retain the chair he now occupies at Berlin University.

The government, moreover, is not inclined to withdraw his salary, the Minister of Education stated. Should Professor Einstein decide, however, to yield his salary in whole or in part, the government would create an Einstein scholarship to be placed at his disposal.

At the same time the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learns that Professor Einstein has arranged with the Prussian Academy of Science, which in the past has published all his scientific papers, to have part of his future work published by the Institute for Advanced Study in the United States.

Thousands of persons attended a lecture delivered by Professor Einstein last night on cosmic space for the benefit of the East-European students fund.

Thousands had to be turned away from Beethoven hall where the lecture was held and could be dispersed only when promised that the lecture would be repeated.

Professor Einstein stated in his lecture that the earth is ten billion years old, an estimate double that of previous estimates.

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