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Photograph of Albert Einstein, signed and - UNKNOWN Photographer - 1931. 
1931 - Gelatin silver print, sepia toned and ferrotyped, inscribed by Einstein in blue-black ink "Herrn S. H. Kuhn/Albert Einstein/1931. (23.5 x 18 cm). A very clean, fresh example of a fine photograph of Einstein in mid-life, with a small trace of adhesion on the verso from a former mount. Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), was a German-born, Jewish theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics, alongside quantum mechanics. While best known for his massenergy equivalence formula E = mc2, he also received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics, 'For his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect,' the latter of which was pivotal in establishing quantum theory. Einstein renounced his German citizenship after Hitler's rise to power and after spending some time teaching in America settled there, becoming a citizen in 1940. He took up a post at the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton, New Jersey and held the post until his death on 17th April 1955. After the passing of Israel's first president, Chaim Weizmann, in November 1952, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion offered Einstein the position of President of Israel - a mostly ceremonial post. The offer was presented by Israel's ambassador in Washington, Abba Eban, who explained that the offer, 'Embodies the deepest respect which the Jewish people can repose in any of its sons.' However, Einstein declined, and wrote in his response that he was, 'Deeply moved,' and 'At once saddened and ashamed" that he could not accept it. He wrote: "All my life I have dealt with objective matters, hence I lack both the natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people and to exercise official function. I am the more distressed over these circumstances because my relationship with the Jewish people became my strongest human tie once I achieved complete clarity about our precarious position among the nations of the world."
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