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Einstein's Handwritten Manuscripts and Letters Donated to Keio

Update:Mar. 04, 2014
Aboard the SS Kitano Maru with Prof. Hayari Miyake
Aboard the SS Kitano Maru with Prof. Hayari Miyake

Manuscripts and letters handwritten by Nobel Prize-winner Albert Einstein have been donated to Keio University by Ms. Sumiko Hiki, the granddaughter of doctor and Kyushu Imperial University professor Hayari Miyake. Many of the documents have gone unpublished and are valuable materials to further understand the pioneering physicist and Nobel Laureate.

The materials donated were received and stored by Prof. Hayari Miyake, who happened to be aboard the same ship as Einstein on his voyage to Japan and forged a longstanding friendship with him. Around 20 letters and manuscripts, many indicative of this friendship, have been donated, including one manuscript titled "My Impressions of Japan" in which Einstein recorded his reflections on Japan, having given lectures all around the country. The documents were donated to the Keio University Library on January 8 (Wed), 2014, through the courtesy and kindness of Ms. Sumiko Hiki.

Einstein's first lecture in Japan was held on November 19, 1922, at Keio University's Mita Grand Lecture Hall. On November 10, while still en route to Japan, he was informed that he had won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics, an announcement that intensified the anticipation of his arrival to Japan. It is said that more than 2,000 spectators packed the Mita Grand Lecture Hall on the day of Einstein's lecture to listen intently to a lecture which spanned approximately five hours. And now, almost a century later, Keio University has the honor to receive these valuable materials.

Letters addressed to Professor Hayari Miyake
Letters addressed to Professor Hayari Miyake
A manuscript containing Einstein's impressions and thoughts on Japan. The first four pages are penned on writing paper from the Nikko Kanaya Hotel
▲A manuscript containing Einstein's impressions and thoughts on Japan. The first four pages are penned on writing paper from the Nikko Kanaya Hotel
The epitaph Einstein sent in the wake of Mr. & Mrs. Miyake's death
▲ The epitaph Einstein sent in the wake of Mr. & Mrs. Miyake's death

Ms. Sumiko and Yoshiki Hiki, the chairman of the Keio Rengo Mita Kai, explaining the donated materials to President Seike and Prof. Shunsaku Tamura, Keio University Librarian.
▲Ms. Sumiko and Yoshiki Hiki, the chairman of the Keio Rengo Mita Kai, explaining the donated materials to President Seike and Prof. Shunsaku Tamura, Keio University Librarian
A stone rubbing of Mr. and Mrs. Miyake's epitaph
▲A stone rubbing of Mr. and Mrs. Miyake's epitaph