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468. From Robert A. Millikan
[Pasadena,] April 2, 1925
Dear Dr. Einstein:
I had expected that both yourself and Dr. Lorentz would spend next winter, from
the first of January to the end of March, with us here in Pasadena, but events in Hol-
land now seem to make it preferable for Dr. Lorentz to postpone his visit until the
following year, namely, the year
1926–27.[1]
I have written him that this will be an
arrangement to which we can adjust our program, provided it is quite certain that
you yourself will be here during January, February, and March of next year, that is
1926. I think that in your last letter you assured me that I might count upon your
being here either in the winter of ’26 or the winter of
’27,[2]
but Dr. Epstein tells
me that he infers from a letter of yours to him that you are planning to be here in
’26, and I am writing now to express the hope that this is indeed your definite plan,
and to ask whether we may now definitely count upon your presence at that time.
I told you in my preceding letter that we should not ask you to do any lecturing
at all at the Institute unless you wished to do so, and you replied that you would be
very glad to come here “for purely scientific purposes.” This will be altogether sat-
isfactory to us, for we meet three or four times a week for the discussion of prob-
lems, and your presence in these discussions and in talking with the research men
who are working both in the Institute and Observatory would be of the utmost val-
ue. I am writing, however, to ask whether you would prefer to let your contacts with
our work be of this wholly informal type, or whether you would prefer to give some
lectures to our group of fifty or sixty graduate men. In this latter case, I should like
to know about how many lectures you would prefer and upon what general subject
you would wish to talk upon.
I am writing, also, to make one further inquiry. Dr. Campbell, President of the
University of California and Director of the Lick Astronomical
Observatory,[3]
has
written me saying that while you are here in Pasadena it would be a satisfaction to
him if you could visit the University of California at Berkeley, also, and perhaps
deliver there a few general lectures. I have replied to him that I would write you
about his suggestion, which is essentially that you spend three weeks at the Univer-
sity of California after you leave Pasadena about the
20th
of March and give say
five lectures to their group of graduate students in physics and mathematics upon a
subject of your own choosing, and one general lecture before a public university
meeting, the honorarium to be $1,000. It is of course understood that this would be
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