Autograph post card signed from Osler to J. A. Brown regarding attending a lecture or debate with [Edward] Osborn [Julius Arthur Brown, of New Hampshire, Rhodes Scholar 1904].

OSLER, William (1849-1919).

Published by Nov. 30, 1905., Oxford:, 1905
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4.5 x 3.5 inches. 1 page. Single-sided postcard; foxed especially at lower right (not affecting legibility). Very good. [details on request]. Osler dates the letter "Thursday." The letter reads, in Osler's hand: "Many thanks. I would like Osborn to come as my guest. Let me know how much the ticket is. Yours, W. Osler." Julius Arthur Brown, of New Hampshire, Rhodes Scholar 1904, (1880-1970). At first the identity of the correspondent "J. A. Brown" was a mystery but references to him were found in Oxford and scientific literature around 1904-1916 (few using his full name!). He was the son of Rev. Dr. Francis Brown (1849-1916), born in Hanover, NH, became President of the Faculty of Union Theological Seminary, New York.** [See the Burke Library Archives, Columbia University for a collection of his personal papers]. In 1904 Julius Arthur Brown was a Rhodes Scholar, New College, Oxford; on June 14, 1906 the New York Times announced "Won by Rhodes Scholars. Two American Get High Honors in Oxford Competitions." In 1906 the Oxford Magazine, under the heading "New College," Brown proposed that the Twenty Club, another Oxford debating society, should take the position of welcoming a formal alliance with the United States (Oxford Magazine, Vol. 24, p. 217). On another J.A. Brown addressed the Oxford University Junior Scientific Club with a paper called, "Electrons." Additionally he wrote a paper, "The Theory of Ionization of Gases" [Philosophical Magazine, 1911]. He served at the University Museum, giving a paper, "An Investigation of the Potential required to maintain a Current between Parallel Plates in a Gas at Low Pressures," published in The London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, vol. XII, Sixth series, July-Dec., 1900, pp. 210-232. At Oxford Brown studied under Professor John Sealy Townsend (1868-1957), a Wykeham Professor of Physics. In 1906/1907 it was announced that Brown and H.A. Hinds had won awards [see: The Independent - Volume 63 - Page 71, 1907. In 1907 he was at Dartmouth, teaching physics [Science, N.S. vol. XXV, June 14, 1907, p. 952]. In 1908, Julius Arthur Brown was appointed the first Professor of physics at the Syrian Protestant College in Beirut. In 1925 it is announced that Brown, A.M., was a lecturer in physics at Columbia University [Columbia University Quarterly, vol. 18, p. 100]. The American Oxonian [vols. 3-4, pp. 37-38] offers a narrative of Brown's early history in academia.*** His obituary appears Physics Today, Volume 23/ Issue 9, September 1970, page 83. See: Schaeper, Thomas J., & Kathleen Schaeper, Rhodes Scholars, Oxford, and the Creation of an American Elite, 2004, p. 360. Brown is listed in the class of 1904. Bookseller Inventory # M12854

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