GERMANY: Nobel Goettingen

The little university town of Goettingen in Hanover is quiet, sleepy and very pleasant. There are drowsy promenades shaded by lime trees. There are old moss-carpeted ramparts. There are book shops and crooked cobbled streets.

But activity is no stranger to Goettingen. There were active times in the 18th century when the university was a centre of young stormy poets, and in the 19th when seven professors were expelled because they were too liberal.

Last week, in Goettingen there was again activity, rejoicing. Professor Adolph Windaus of the University was notified that...