Lot #2048
Ambrose Fleming Autograph Letter Signed

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Estimate: $200+


British engineer and physicist (1849-1945) who invented the 'oscillation valve'—the first vacuum tube—one of the pioneering developments in the history of electronics. His contributions to electronic communications and radar were of vital importance in winning World War II. ALS, one page both sides, 7 x 9, Greenfield letterhead, February 15, 1937. Letter responding to a request to write his biography, in part: "In reply to your kind letter of 14th asking to write a biography of me—I expect you are not aware that in 1934 I published through Marshall Morgan & Co…my book Memories of a Scientific Life…in which I gave the full story of my career, and Sir Oliver Lodge wrote a Foreword to it. As this book has not yet sold out its first Edition I should not like to do anything to hinder its sale by the publication of another biography…It would hardly be fair to the publishers who have perhaps not yet recovered their outlay on it. In any event I could hardly give any more information about myself than is contained in these memories. I would suggest your obtaining a copy of it for reference." He adds a thoughtful postscript, "P.S. Perhaps some serial could be written without injury to the 'Memories.'" In fine condition. Oliver Lodge was a fellow physicist who was also involved in the development of wireless telegraphy.

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  • Auction Title: Science & Technology and Space Exploration
  • Dates: #588 - Ended July 16, 2020

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