Autograph letter signed "Ferdinand Ellerman" to "Mr. Halpern" (Seymour Halpern) in response to Halpern's inquiry regarding the keys to success in life.

Pasadena [CA]: August 20, 1931.

1 p., on "Mount Wilson Observatory" letterhead. 8-1/2 x 11 inches. Toning, old folds, creasing to upper right hand corner not affecting text, else very good. Item #310182

Reading in part: "As to what I attribute my success to, will say it is by taking a deep interest in the subject which I have chosen to follow, putting my best effors and ability into it, and always, when possible, associating with men who were my peers."

Ferdinand Ellerman (1869-1940) was an American astronomer closely associated with the technical development of two of the main observatories in the United States: Yerkes and Monte Wilson. "Ellerman bombs" are micro solar flares named after Ellerman and first described by him in a 1917 article.

As a high school student, Seymour Halpern (1913-1997), wrote letters to many notables of the day inquiring about their ideas to the keys to success in life. He would later go on to serve as Republican from New York to the 86th, 87th, 88th, 89th, 90th, 91st and 92nd United States Congresses, holding office from January 3, 1959, to January 3, 1973.

Price: $50.00