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I am thinking of speaking in Berlin this fall (around the end of October 1919)
about the new and, it seems to me, interesting and important results that I & Dr.
Konstantinowsky developed this
Thus I ask you whether you will be stay-
ing in Berlin during the fall; when would it be favorable for a presentation to the
Physic. Society? My main concern is, though, that we could also easily talk over
these matters & several other things for a few days. I would like to combine this
with my Berlin presentation.
A few days ago a circular dated 18 March 19 from the Kaiser Wilhelm In-
stitute of Physics, which you direct, was handed out to me announcing the possi-
bility of obtaining quite large subsidies from that institute for research
I would now like to inquire of you, for the present confidentially, however, whether,
circumstances permitting, such funds could also be made available to me and my
collaborators and students or if indeed there is any interest in advancing that branch
of physical research.
As is surely already known to you from your familiarity with Austr[ia], the sit-
uation at our Austr[ian] institutes is an extraord. precarious one, which the present
situation is making even more acute, so that I have been eking out a researcher’s
existence mostly from the meager subventions of the V[iennese] Academy of
The direction of our investigations is already known to you, of
am very willing, in case you would like to hear more about the subsidizing ques-
tion, to discuss details about a variety of new projects.
How are you personally doing in these times? Your Zurich stay must be a re-
freshing relaxation for you. I frequently still think of our political conversation in
1917 on your uncle’s terrace in
How correctly we judged the political sit-
uation then, you the German one & I the Austro-Hungarian! And how few were the
people who did not allow their clear vision to become blurred!
Accept my heartiest greetings, yours truly,
Would you be so kind as to give, as occasion offers, my best compliments to Privy
Councillors Planck, Nernst, and Rubens.–
47. From Arrien Johnsen
Kiel, 20 Schwanen Way, 28 May 1919
Highly esteemed Privy
Due to the death of L. Weber, we need to make suggestions for the theoret. phys.
In so doing, it must be taken into ac-
count that on this occasion the chair will probably be transformed into a full pro-