Professor gets $750k for burned Einstein papers

A replica of one document written by Albert Einstein, lost in a fire in 2007.

July 2, 2011 11:49:37 AM PDT
A San Jose State University professor has won $750,000 for the loss of papers written by Albert Einstein that he once owned.

Dan Straus also lost two cabins in 2007 in what came to be known as the Lick Fire in Heny Coe Park in Santa Clara County.

It was the loss of the Einstein Papers, which had been written to Straus' father who had worked with Einstein, that may have weighed most heavily.

"They weren't just random calculations," Strauss' attorney Dean Rossi said. "They were actually in relation to something he was trying to accomplish, and there were not a lot of writings on Einstein's field theory."

School teacher Margaret Pavese was convicted of accidentally starting the fire, which also scorched nearly 50,000 acres and destroyed other structures and homes.