In spite of numerous correct announcements, misunderstanding regarding Albert Einstein has accepted a position with the Institute for Advanced study, of which Abraham Flexner is director. The institute decided to locate in the vicinity of Princeton but did not which to build an elaborate plant until the precise direction of its scholarly development had been determined. Accordingly, it seemed desirable to find temporary quarters for the school of mathematics, the first unit of the institute to be organized. Princeton University offered the use of Fine Hall, and the institute accepted the offer. Beginning next fall, the institute staff will have temporary offices in our mathematics building.
From the above it is obvious that much of the discussion regarding Dr. Einstein has been based on a misconception. He will not be a member of our faculty, and his only relation to the University will be that of a distinguished guest. Princeton is proud that the atmosphere of this place was considered congenial for an educational institution which can attract scholars of the very first rank. But aside from the genuine pleasure of having Dr. Einstein on our campus, Princeton has no concern with the institute, and may take neither credit nor blame for anything it does. This fact should prove of particular interest to two widely divergent groups of alumni : those who fear Dr. Einstein’s political ideas ; and those who wish to take for Princeton the credit for having on its faculty the most famous mathematician in the world.

This was originally published in the March 3, 1933 issue of PAW.