, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 355–378 | Cite as

Science Frustrated: The ‘Einstein Institute’ In Madrid

  • Thomas F. Glick
  • José M. Sánchez Ron


In April 1933, Albert Einstein was offered an ‘Extraordinary’ Chair of Physics at the University of Madrid. Einstein first accepted, then sought to withdraw without causing damage to the anti-Fascist Republican government. However, this proved an opportunity for the Spanish press to harness Einstein’s notoriety to their own programmes. This article discusses the genesis and resolution of this episode, which says much about Einstein and science and politics in modern Spain.


Jewish Community Spanish Government Real Academia Spanish Science Einstein Institute 
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© Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Departamento de Física TeóricaUniversidad Autónoma de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria de CantoblancoMadridSpain

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