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The Indian poet and philosopher [Tagore] stayed in Berlin to give a lecture on the philosophy of his homeland, and he was a guest of Einstein.

Rabindranath Tagore, 1861—1941. Indian Bengali poet. Son of Debendranath Tagore. Established (1901) school at Santiniketan, Bolpur, Bengal, which developed (1924) into Visva-Bharati University; awarded Nobel prize for literature (1913); resigned his knighthood (1919) in protest against repressive measures in Punjab. Author of volumes of lyric verse in Bengali, often using settings and themes of the Bengali countryside.

Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis was an Indian scientist and applied statistician, best known for his work in anthropometry and creating the Mahalanobis distance, which is a statical measurement. He also worked at Visva-Bharati University, established by Rabindranath Tagore. In Tagore's later years, Mahalanobis served as his secretary. In 1923, he married Nirmalkumari Maitra.

Pratima Devi was an Indian Bengali artist. Devi studied under Nandalal Bose and Rabindranath Tagore, who arranged for her to marry his son, Rabindranath. The couple divorced after Tagore died in 1941.

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Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore , Leo Baeck Institute, F 5334.