48 DOCUMENT 46 JUNE 1907
46.
To
the
Department
of
Education,
Canton
of
Bern
Bern den
17.
Juni
1907.
An
die
Direktion
des
Unterrichtswesens
des
Kantons Bern.
Hochgeehrter
Herr
Regierungsrat![1]
Der Unterzeichnete ersucht Sie hiemit
um
die
Erlaubnis,
sich
an
der
philo-
sophischen
Fakultät der Universität Bern als Privatdozent für theoretische
Physik
zu
habilitieren.[2]
Mit
vorzüglicher Hochachtung
Dr. A.
Einstein
techn.
Experte
am
Amte für
geistiges Eigentum.
Beilagen:
a)Inauguraldissertation[3]
b)Doktordiplom[4]
c)17
Arbeiten
aus
dem Gebiete der theoretischen
Physik.
d)Curriculum vitae.[5]
ADS (SzBeSa, BB
III
b,
Hochschule,
Philos.
Facultät,
Vol.
XV, 1907). [70 108].
A
bureaucra-
tic
procedural
note indicating
transmission of this document
to
the
Philosophical Faculty
II,
University
of
Bern, signed
by
Ritschard,
is
omitted.
[1]Johannes
Ritschard
(1845-1908),
the Director of the
Department.
[2]On
18
June
1907,
Dean Gustav Tobler
(1855-1921)
of the
Philosophical Faculty placed
Einstein's
petition
in
circulation
to
sixteen members of the
faculty,
who returned it
on
22
July
(see SzBeSa,
BB
III
b,
Hochschule,
Philos.
Facultät, Vol.
XV,
1907).
At the
beginning
of the
next
semester, the
faculty,
after
a
lengthy
discussion,
rejected
the
petition
until Einstein sub-
mitted
a
Habilitationsschrift (see
the minutes of
the
meeting
of
28
October
1907,
SzBeU,
Pro-
tokollbuch
der
philosophischen
Fakultät
II).
While
acknowledging
Einstein's scientific
qualifications,
Professor of
Physics
Aime
Forster
(1843-1926)
recommended
to
the dean that the
petition
be
accepted
"under the
cus-
tomary procedures" ("unter
den üblichen
Formen") (see
AimĢ
Forster
to
Gustav
Tobler,
28 Oc-
tober,
SzBeSa,
BB
III
b,
Hochschule,
Philos.
Facultät, Vol.
XV,
1907).
The
only
deviation from
these
procedures
seems
to
have been Einstein's submission of
seventeen
publications
rather
than
"a
specialized investigation
of
a
scientific
topic" ("eine
wissenschaftliche
Spezialunter-
suchung") (see
Bern
Reglement
1891,
§2).
Einstein later
claimed, however,
that Forster had
opposed
his
candidacy
(see
Einstein to
Michele
Besso,
6
March
1952, SzGB).
The other
physicist on
the
faculty, Extraordinary
Professor Paul Gruner
(1869-1957),
rec-
ommended that
no
special Habilitationsschrift
be
required (see
the
minutes of the
meeting
of
28 October, SzBeU,
Protokollbuch der
philosophischen
Fakultät
II).
He later ascribed For-
ster's reluctance
to accept
Einstein's
petition
to
the fact that there
were
too
few students
to
warrant appointing
another theoretical
physicist (see
Paul Gruner
to
Carl
Seelig,
26
February
1952,
SzZE
Bibliothek, Hs. 304:657).
[3]Einstein 1905j
(Vol. 2,
Doc.
15).
[4]Conferred
on
15
January 1906 (see
Doc. 31,
note
6).
[5]The
enclosure is in
the
same
file in
SzBeSa
as
this document.
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