Upon returning home, Bohr was given an assistant professorship at the University of Copenhagen and the chance to lecture on the mechanical foundations of thermodynamics. But he was also eager to return to his research on atoms. He continued to correspond with Rutherford, who offered constructive criticism and helped Bohr prepare his work for publication. This work included the Trilogy of articles that established Bohr's reputation. Soon the university would ask Bohr to submit an application for appointment as professor of theoretical physics. But before any action had been formally completed, Rutherford, in search of an original young mind, wrote to Bohr inviting him to accept a readership at Manchester. Bohr could not turn this opportunity down, and he asked the university to grant him leave. After preparing for the trip back to England, Bohr decided to take a walking trip through
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