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EINSTEIN'S BRAIN WAS STOLEN, AND CHOPPED UP

Date: 2018-04-27


Einstein

Einstein

Einstein


Over 60 years ago, Einstein's brain was stolen, preserved, dissected and sent in pieces across the country.

Who was behind this theft for science you may ask?

Well, let's start the story with a focus on Albert Einstein. Einstein was a genius, but what made him so different from any other person?

Turns out his brain was wired in a very different way, some say.
Even though he was the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who gave the world the theory of relativity, E = mc2, and the law of the photoelectric effect, obviously he had a special brain.

So special that, when he died in Princeton Hospital on April 18, 1955, the pathologist on call, Thomas Harvey, stole it.

Einstein did not want his brain or any other part of his body to be studied; he did not want to be worshipped. "He had left behind specific instructions regarding his remains: cremate them, and scatter the ashes secretly in order to discourage idolaters," writes Brian Burrell in his 2005 book, Postcards from the Brain Museum.

Even with this note, Harvey took the brain anyway, without permission from Einstein or his family. Harvey soon lost his job at the Princeton hospital and took the brain to Philadelphia, where it was carved into 240 pieces and preserved in celloidin.

Einstein's brain has been on a bit of a journey, and there is still a lot of debate as to whether or not the late, famed intellect had a unique structure. You can see the story and the journey of Einstein's brain in the video below...



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