3-15-9. George Howard Darwin to H. Poincaré

May 16.00

Newnham Grange—Cambridge

Dear Monsieur Poincaré,

I learn that the University has offered you the degree of Doctor of Sciences and I now write to say that if you propose to come here on June 13th (?) to receive the degree it will give us much pleasure if you will stay with us. If Madame Poincaré would like to accompany you, my wife and I would have much pleasure in receiving her also.11 1 Poincaré agreed to accept the degree in person, but declined Darwin’s invitation to stay with the Darwins, by letter to Darwin on 22.05.1900 (§ 3-15-10).

It is so short a time since I had occasion to write to you for a somewhat similar reason that I am almost afraid you will think us Englishmen “bores” but I assure you it is not my fault this time!22 2 Darwin refers here to the Gold Medal awarded Poincaré by the Royal Astronomical Society in London on 9 February 1900, announced by Darwin on 12.01.1900 (§ 3-15-5), and also to the speech he delivered on that occasion (Darwin 1900). I hope at any rate you will forgive us and come with Madame Poincaré.

I remain, Yours very sincerely

G. H. Darwin

ALS 2p. Collection particulière, Paris 75017.

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  • G. H. Darwin (1900) Presentation of the Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society to M. Henri Poincaré. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 60, pp. 406–415. External Links: Link Cited by: footnote 2.