|Professor Frederick Lindemann to Winston Churchill, December 30, 1931
In December 1931 Churchill was seriously injured by a car while crossing Fifth Avenue in New York. In a telegram he had asked his friend, Oxford University physicist Professor Frederick Lindemann, to calculate the precise force of the impact. In this telegram, sent in reply to Churchill's inquiry, Professor Frederick Lindemann estimated the force of the impact of the car that hit him as being equivalent to two charges of buckshot fired point blank. The professor cannot resist teasing Churchill about the mitigating effect of his weight and congratulating him on preparing a suitable cushion for the bump.
Telegram. Churchill Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, U.K. (90)
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