244 DOCUMENT 211 JULY 1910
Werner Fetz.
Gabryela Birencweig
Hermann
Braune,
Assistent.
E[mil] Bruggmann
cand math.
Libert Arnold
E[rnst]
Dübi
Ing.
ADS in
the hand of Heinrich Lauer
(SzZSa,
U
110
b .2
(44)).
[70 159].
[1]Two
months
earlier the dean of the
Philosophical Faculty
of the German
University
of
Prague
had transmitted
a
commission recommendation of
Einstein, unanimously approved by
the
faculty, to
Vienna
(see
Karl
v.
Kraus
to K. k.
Ministerium für Kultus und
Unterricht, 23
April 1910,
Cz-Ar, MKV/R,
No.
101,
Einstein
Dossier,
and Doc.
204, note
10).
In
reaction
to
the student
petition
and fearful of
losing
Einstein
to Prague,
the Director of
the Zurich
Department
of Education
requested
that Einstein
be
given
a
salary
increase from
4500 francs
to
5500
francs,
so
that
he
"should
be
bound"
("gefesselt
werden
sollte") to
the uni-
versity.
It
was
further
pointed out
that Einstein's
teaching
load of six
to eight
hours exceeded
the normal
requirement
of four
to six
hours
a
week for
extraordinary professors (see
Heinrich
Ernst
to Regierungsrat,
12
July 1910,
SzZSa, U 110 b .2
(44)).
Ernst's
request
was
approved
two
days
later
(see
Aus dem Protokoll des
Regierungsrates 1910,
no.
1226,
14
July 1910,
SzZSa, U 110 b .2
(44)).
In
a
faculty meeting at
the end of
July,
Einstein indicated his
willing-
ness
to
remain
(see
the minutes of the
meeting
of the
Philosophical Faculty
II, 28
July 1910,
SzZU, AA
10:3).
[2]In
this
context
students of theoretical
physics
should be understood
as
those
registered
for coursework
in
theoretical
physics. Fifty-five
students and auditors
registered
for Einstein's
courses
in
the three
semesters
he
lectured
at
the
University
of
Zurich,
while
only
three students
completed
dissertations
dealing
with theoretical
topics during
this time-one
was
the
signer
of this
petition,
Ernst Dübi
(cf.
Kontrollbücher über die
Honorargebühren,
SzZU,
Kassa-Ar-
chiv,
and
Promotionen Fakultät Phil. II
1835-1916, SzZU, AA 23:1).
Another
signer,
Hans
Tanner,
completed
his dissertation in theoretical
physics at
the
University
of Basel
(see
Docs.
265 and 293).
[3]In May
of
the
previous year
the
Governing
Council of
the
Canton of Zurich had resolved
to
create
an
extraordinary professorship
of theoretical
physics
and to
name
Einstein
to
it
(see
Doc.
154, note 2).
[4]A
total of fifteen students
registered
for and eleven audited Einstein's
two
courses
and
one
seminar
in
summer
semester 1910 (see
Kontrollbücher über die
Honorargebühren,
S.S.
1910,
SzZU, Kassa-Archiv).
See Doc.
204,
note 8,
for
more
details
on
Einstein's
courses
in
that
semester.
211.
To
Arnold Sommerfeld
Zürich. Juli
[19]
10.
Hoch
geehrter
Herr
Kollege!
Ich
zögere so
lange,
bis ich
an
Sie
schreibe,
weil ich einerseits sehr
gern
hätte,
wenn
Sie in den Sommerferien wirklich nach Zürich
kämen,[1]
und weil
es
mir andererseits
an
Mut
fehlt,
Sie dazu
zu
ermuntern.
Denn
etwas einiger-
massen
Geschlossenes über die
Frage
nach der Konstitution der strahlenden
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