Lot 296: Three ALSs in German to his daughter's friend Berthild Gerold, including: one signed "Erwin Schrodinger," one page with a one-line postscript on the reverse, 5.75 x 8, October 10, 1952; one signed "Erwin Schr.," three pages, 5.75 x 8, October 20, 1952; and one signed "Erwin Schr.," one page both sides, 8 x 10.5, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies letterhead, October 30, 1952. All three letters concern quarrels between Berthild and Schrodinger's daughter Ruth. One, in part (translated): "One cannot ask of you to live without heating during winter, and you are entitled to share all 'amenities' of the house. It's terrible enough to have to speak of legal rights, but this is precisely what it's about." In overall fine condition. Accompanied by all three original mailing envelopes. After fleeing the politically dangerous Austria in 1938 and serving various visiting professorships abroad, Schrodinger settled in Dublin to help establish the Institute for Advanced Studies in 1940. He became the Director of the School for Theoretical Physics, and remained there until his retirement in 1955, writing dozens of notable scientific publications during that time; one crucial book, What is Life?, went on to inspire the 18-year-old James Watson to begin his study of genetics.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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