Letter:Einstein's Oxford

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Sir: David Bodanis ("The DIY University", 5 August) is being unfair to Oxford when he writes that Einstein "tried England, but Oxford did not take favourably to Jews ... and he ended up in Princeton."

In 1931 Einstein was elected to a Research Studentship in Christ Church for five years, with the proviso that he would spend one month in every academic year in Oxford, and his annual stipend was pounds 400 - about one-third of the full professorial salary - and free board and lodging.

Furthermore immediately after the Nazis came to power Oxford received many scores of Jewish refugees.


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