- What will be the 2016 piece of heritage? You can answer this question by voting in the ‘Piece of the Year’ election. Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken has sent in a special contribution: Einstein’s ID card.
Albert Einstein was extraordinary professor at Leiden University from 1920 to 1946. Being a German citizen, he carried a special ID card. Until October 27 you can vote for this piece of heritage to be ‘Piece of the Year’. The election takes place as part of the History Month.
For Leiden University, Einstein’s ID card is a symbol for the added value of open borders in a knowledge economy. Numerous foreign scientists perform scientific research or lecture at Leiden University, and many Leiden researchers work abroad. This exchange is of major importance for the advancement of science.
Einstein enjoyed visiting Leiden, which he called ‘that delightful place on this parched earth’. Colleagues such as Hendrik Lorentz, Paul Ehrenfest, Willem de Sitter and Heike Kamerlingh Onnes helped him forward and offered new insights. Einstein often stayed at Ehrenfest’s place, which was an exceptional household filled with music and science.
Publ. 18-10-2016 17:59