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Physicist (1923-2005) who won the Nobel Prize in 2000 for his 1958 invention of the integrated circuit. Original ballpoint sketch of a microchip accomplished by Kilby on a 7.5 x 4 FDC honoring the modern innovation, signed in blue ballpoint, "J. S. Kilby." In very fine condition, a PSA/DNA label affixed to the reverse. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from PSA/DNA.

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Original 6.25 x 4.5 photo of Wright piloting his flyer through the air near Le Mans, France, in August of 1908. Reverse bears an M. Branger, Paris, photographer’s stamp. In fine condition, with a slightly trimmed right edge and some mild soiling along upper right. RR Auction COA.

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Immensely influential British mathematician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist (1912-1954) considered the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence; in 2019, it was announced that he would appear on the new £50 banknote, reflecting his importance in history. Extremely rare ALS, signed "Alan Turing," one page on a 5.75 x 4 color postcard depicting an illuminated ma…

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ALS in German, signed “Albert,” one page both sides, 5.5 x 7.25, Hamburg-Amerika Linie letterhead, January 1932. Significant letter to his sister Maja. Writing from Los Angeles as he disembarked from his boat for his second visit to Cal Tech, Einstein communicates his confidence and inner thoughts about his most recent work on 'The Unified Field Theory of Gravity and Electricity&#…

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Rare color vintage 4.75 x 7 paperstock photo of Einstein, signed at the bottom in fountain pen, "A. Einstein, 1947." Corner-mounted, matted, and framed with an unsigned portrait to an overall size of 22.5 x 14.5. In fine condition, with staple holes to each corner. A fantastic close-up portrait of Einstein, rarely seen in the full-color variety.

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Striking circa 1934 portrait etching of Einstein by J. J. Muller, 7.5 x 9.5, signed in the lower border in fountain pen by the genius subject, "Albert Einstein," and in pencil by the artist, "J. J. Muller." Attractively matted and framed to an overall size of 12.75 x 14.75. In fine condition. A fantastic portrait of Einstein, created by a well-regarded printmaker active in Germany during the Weim…

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Desirable ink signature, "Dear Sir, yours faithfully, Charles Darwin,” on an off-white 3.5 x 1.5 slip, removably corner-mounted inside the front of the custom-made cloth clamshell case for the first edition, first issue of Darwin's landmark book, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, in Two Volumes. London: John Murray, 1871. Two volumes bound in three-quarter tan ca…

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French surgeon and biologist (1873-1944) who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1912 for his work related to the transplantation of blood vessels and organs. World War I-dated TLS signed “A. Carrel,” one page, 8.25 x 11, December 19, 1916. Written from the "Hopital Temporaire 21, Rond-Royal, Compiegne," a letter to Colonel A. E. Bradley of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, providing the for…

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TLS signed “G. W. Carter,” one page, 8.5 x 11, Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute letterhead, January 21, 1930. Letter to Henry H. Overton of Detroit, Michigan, in part: "I am sorry that you have been ill and hope that you are quite yourself again by this time. I have had a rather acute attack of the 'flu,' but I am feeling much better at this time. The weather has been …

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TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, Lee de Forest Laboratories, Inc. letterhead, February 20, 1943. Letter to George Shanks. In part: "I have always regarded Professor S. F. B. Morse as one of the outstanding pioneers in the electrical art, and particularly in the art of communications. Although I am informed that he was not actually the first to send telegraph signals over a wire, he was unquestionably the…

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Fantastic vintage matte-finish 8.5 x 6.5 photo of Thomas Edison seated with his employee Carl H. Wilson (vice president and general manager of Thomas A. Edison, Inc.), affixed to its original 10.5 x 9 mount, signed on the mount in ink, "Thos. A. Edison" and "C. H. Wilson, 12/5/13." Inherent to the lower right corner of the image in white text is "Copyright by Thos. A. Edison." Matted and framed t…

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Remarkable technical notes and diagrams by Thomas Edison, accomplished in pencil on an off-white 8.5 x 10.5 lightly lined sheet, unsigned, dated to February 5, 1922. The sheet features what appears to be a pair of steam-powered devices with layered coils and a drainage system that feeds to the sewer. Edison’s notes, in part: “1920 sqr inch of water surface in platters, 13 square foot c…

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ALS signed “Edison,” one page, 5 x 8, no date. Letter to Charles W. Luhr, superintendent and works manager of Edison's lab in West Orange, New Jersey. In full: "Come up, want to show you some samples & also talk over desirability of putting at work a salvage man to fix up rejects & make them OK—we save 850 disc blanks daily in Disc Dept." Mounted and framed to an ove…

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ALS signed “Rob't Fulton,” one page, 7.5 x 9, January 23, 1815. Letter to Baltimore merchant and politician Solomon Etting, in full: "I have been informed that treasury notes are above par in Baltimore and Pittsburgh notes, bank note from 8 to 10 percent below par, if so could you dispose of 10,000 dollars for me in treasury notes and procure the amount or any part of it in Pittsb…

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ALS signed “Sam’l F. B. Morse,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, April 30, 1862. Letter to Minister J. Treadwell Walden of Norwich, Connecticut. In part: “I acknowledge with many thanks, your courteous letter of the 25th instant, with the copy of the Atlantic Monthly which I have this morning received, forwarded from Po’keepsie. I have read with deep inter…

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Stock certificate for shares in the explosives manufacturing firm founded by Alfred Nobel, Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 9 x 11.5, issued on March 31, 1937, to Swedish business magnate Marcus Wallenberg. The second page logs the transfer of ownership of the shares from in 1944. In fine condition, with two punch holes at center. In 1888, Swedish chemist Alfred N…

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Brilliant American physicist (1904-1967) who directed the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and who spearheaded the Manhattan Project, leading to the development of the first atomic bomb. Extremely desirable vintage glossy 10 x 8 photo of Robert Oppenheimer seated at his desk with a pipe, signed in blue ballpoint. In fine condition, with scattered light creasing. Oppenheimer remains incred…

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Microsoft business card belonging to Bill Gates, 3.5 x 2, which identifies him as "Chairman and Chief Software Architect," signed in black felt tip. In fine condition. Encapsulated in a PSA/DNA authentication holder.

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Interesting archive from the papers of Gunther Stent, a noted molecular biologist and philosopher of science who was a longtime professor at UC Berkeley. The highlight is a red leather presentation binder gilt-stamped on the front, "Gunther S. Stent, In Celebration of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday, March 24, 1989." Bound inside are a 12-page typed tribute to Stent from the March of Dimes praising his …

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Group lot of nine typescripts of various works by biochemist and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, each two pages, 8.5 x 11, all signed at the conclusion in blue ballpoint. Includes the following titles: Animals of the Bible, Breakthroughs in Science, How Did We Find Out About Earthquakes?, Kingdom of the Sun, Life and Energy, The Living River, Lucky Starr and the Rings of Saturn, Nine Tomorro…

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ALS signed “G. W. Carver,” one page both sides, 8.5 x 11, Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute letterhead, June 28, 1931. Letter to Grady Porter, a researcher at a peanut processing plant in Columbus, Georgia. In part: "I think we will get the perfect form from the last bag of vines you brought. I have put them out in the open air where they can mature in a natural way. The perith…

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TLS signed “Thos. A. Edison,” one page, 8 x 10.5, From the Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison letterhead, September 15, 1916. Letter to J. W. Beatson, secretary of the National Economic League. In full: "Allow me to say that I fully appreciate your kind invitation to become a Member of the National Economic League. I regret I cannot please you by sending an acceptance, as it is my desire …

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ALS signed “M. Faraday,” one page both sides, 3.25 x 4, embossed Royal Institution of Great Britain letterhead, March 30, 1858. Letter to friend John Barlow (1799-1869), an Anglican cleric and Secretary of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, in full: "I hoped to have seen you this morning before I left for Brighton but have nothing particular to say. I have arrayed all in my depar…

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Versatile German scientist (1821-1894) known for his discoveries related to visual and aural perception, electrodynamics, and the conservation of energy. Partly-printed DS in German, signed “v. Helmholtz,” one page, 8.25 x 10.25, May 17, 1893. Untranslated prescription issued to Otto Metzing. In very good to fine condition, with scattered light creasing.

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