Plans for the Institute for Advanced Studies
Princeton Inn 1930s
From the recollections of Dr. Robert Cameron:
The Institute was just beginning and was housed in Fine Hall. They were very courteous and, although I was technically working at Princeton, gave me and the other National Research Fellows who were there—there were many others.—membership in the Institute at the same time. So I was invited to a lot of parties at the Institute. My wife sat next to Professor Einstein at one of those parties. Then when we were there in '53-'54 I remember she was going from the Institute, which had its own place at that time, up to the town of Princeton. She met Professor Einstein, who was making the same trip, so they walked along together. So she got better acquainted with him than I did.
When they were starting the Institute they did a great deal of entertaining, so we were invited to many very fancy dinners at the Princeton Inn and to smaller gatherings with refreshments at Fine Hall. It was at one of these dinners that, as I say, my wife sat next to Albert Einstein. And that occasion, or perhaps another time, but at one time when he was there speaking at one of these dinners, he was introduced and said, "No, I'm not going to speak in English." And he spoke in German. I guess later he became more comfortable with English.
“The Princeton Mathematics Community in the 1930s” Department of Mathematics Oral History Project records, 1985: Preliminary Finding Aid, Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.
"(1930s), thus: Plans for the Institute for Advanced Studies (1930s).