Hidden Gems

Uncovering unusual treasures at the University of Nottingham. 


Einstein with his blackboard

Uncovering unusual treasures at the University of Nottingham.

On the 6 June 1930, Professor Albert Einstein visited the university to give a lecture.

Einstein wrote out his equations on a blackboard during his visit, he also signed the corner once he had finished. The board is now preserved within the university.

Another preserved blackboard exists in Oxford, but Nottingham’s is the only signed example in existence. 50 years after Einstein’s visit, the Vice-Chancellor received a letter from a student returning a piece of chalk that Einstein had used to write on the board, which he had taken after the talk. The chalk is now safely back in Nottingham and remains in the university’s Manuscripts and Special Collections.

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Einstein's Blackboard