1 1 2 D O C U M E N T 5 2 S E P T E M B E R 1 9 2 7 52. From Oswald Veblen 16 Sept. 1927 Dear Professor Einstein:— I have just sent you a telegram which you will surely regard as very extraordi- nary—and so I must write a few words of explanation. About two years ago Princeton University began to seek for money to be used in support of research in pure science. The effort has met with a certain measure of success and the first step towards carrying out the program was the appointment of research professors, i.e. professors who are free from the duty of teaching under- graduates and whose sole duty is to advance their respective sciences. (You will recall that our great handicap has been the amount of elementary instruction de- manded of our professors). I was so fortunate as to be appointed to the first of these chairs (mathematics) and research professors have also been appointed in physics (K. T. Compton), che- mistry (H. S. Taylor), astronomy (H. N. Russell) and biology (E. G. Conklin). All these appointments were of men already in service at Princeton. This is where the matter stood when I left Princeton last June to spend the sum- mer in Europe. Today, without previous warning, I received a telegram from Compton asking me to find out whether you would consider a research professors- hip in Princeton. I presume that it was his desire that I should go to Berlin to talk with you about the question, but, unfortunately, I am booked to sail from Sout- hampton on Wednesday (21 Sept.) and must leave London on Tuesday. So I have telegraphed instead. The professorship would be in mathematical physics. The salary would be $10,000 a year (At least, that is the salary of the other research professors.) The du- ties would be merely to continue your researches and to give such help to advanced students as would be compatible with your own studies. (I give one lecture a week.) The conditions for scientific work in Princeton have improved very much since your visit there, and I believe that you would now find an interesting group of col- leagues and students. I gathered from what you said to me when you were there that you liked the general atmosphere of the place, and I think I can assure you that you made so many friends on your first visit that you would be sure of a warm welcome in case of a return. I know how far away America seems from a European point of view, and so I write with only a faint hope that you will be interested. But if there is any chance of your considering a post in Princeton I am sure that we all would do everything in our power to make it pleasant for you. If you are at all interested, the best plan might be to come for a year and see how you like life on the other side of the Atlantic.