Lot 199: Astronomer (1889–1953) regarded as one of the most important observational cosmologists of the 20th century and the namesake of the orbiting Hubble Telescope. Partly-printed temporary membership card for the Athenaeum, 4 x 2.5, nicely signed in fountain pen, "Edwin P. Hubble." The card reads: "On Request of Mr. Harvy Eagleson, The Privileges of the Club are extended for Mr. Harold Wayland From Oct. 1931 To June 1932." In fine condition.The Athenaeum was Caltech's faculty club and often hosted lectures by professors and intellectuals from around the world—earlier in 1931, Albert Einstein had addressed the group upon arriving for his visiting professorship at the institute. Hubble, who served on the club's governing board, issued this membership at the request of Harvey Eagleson, an eccentric English professor with a famous disinterest in science. Items signed by Hubble are quite scarce and especially desirable with these interesting associations.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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