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169. From Albert A. Michelson
[Chicago,] December fifth 1923
Dear Dr. Einstein:
A rather vague rumor has reached me that you might possibly be willing to leave
Europe to accept a professorship in an American
University.[1]
It would give me the
greatest pleasure to have you accept a professorship in the Department of Physics
at the University of Chicago. If there is any chance that you could be induced to do
this, please let me know, and I shall undertake to make satisfactory financial ar-
rangements if you will give me an idea of the approximate salary which you think
you ought to receive.
Very truly yours,
A. A. Michelson
TLS. [17 195]. Written on letterhead “The University of Chicago Ryerson Physical Laboratory,” and
addressed “Dr. Albert Einstein University of Leiden Leiden, Holland.” A note in Ilse Einstein’s hand:
“Beantw. am 26. XII. 23. I.” at the bottom of the page.
[1]Einstein had received an offer from Columbia University a year earlier, which he declined
(see Doc. 11). More recently, he had briefly considered moving to the United States (see Docs. 140
and 151).
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