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On April 18, 1955 the father of relativity, Albert Einstein, died of a burst Aorta and
was taken to a mortuary in Princeton, New Jersey.
Einstein’s wish was to be cremated but the pathologist on duty thought it a shame to destroy such a celebrated brain.
So, without permission, he picked up a saw and cut Einstein’s cranium and extracted
his brain… oh and he also grabbed his eyeballs.
Dr Harvey then plopped everything into a couple of jars.
And promptly alerted the New York Times.
The family was furious, but Harvey eventually convinced them his actions were all in the the name of science!
The jar of eyes was given to Einstein’s eye doctor Henry Abrams who placed them in
a safe deposit box which is rumoured to be somewhere in New York City.
The brain however, went on a far wider journey.
after cutting the brain into 240 blocks he was able to make a thousand slides out of
different portions of Albert Einstein's brain.
He boxed them up and sent them to researchers around the world.
Although Harvey stole the brain in the name of science, promising to publish important research, in the four decades that followed he never did...
But the slides that Harvey sent to qualified brain researchers around the world did reveal some interesting things
about Einstein’s brain.
Even though Einstein’s IQ was way higher than most, the size of his brain was actually
smaller than the average male.
More significantly though, Einstein’s inferior parietal region was about 15 percent larger
than average. It’s thought to be the part of the brain that helps with language and
mathematics.
Another anatomical difference is that he was lacking a crevice in the skull area in the
brain called the Sylvian fissure.
Also his brain did not show any significant signs of aging.
which it appears in the brain with age.
It was lacking a substance called lipofuscin, which is an autofluorescent brown-yellow pigment
that’s not very well understood.
What we do know is that it accumulates in the human body with age, and yet at 76 years
old, Einstein’s brain was almost completely void of it.
But none of these facts could be considered a huge breakthrough in understanding Einstein’s
genius.
So eventually the hub bub died down and for the most part, the famous brain was forgotten.
The remainder of Einstein's brain that was not dissected into slides was put into a cider box under a beer cooler in Dr. Harvey’s home.
After spending decades in a beer cooler, Dr Harvey donated the brain to Princeton Hospital.
As for the 1000 slides?
What happened to them.
There were five boxes of slides created of Einstein's brain.
We know that one set of slides is at the National Museum of Health and Medicine.
At the Mutter Museum we have 46 ….the rest of the slides are MIA.
There’s no doubt that what Harvey did wasn’t exactly ethical and probably not in the name of science.
BUT hopefully with modern technology and our developing knowledge of the human
brain, secrets about Einstein’s brain may finally be revealed and it’s long journey
from an Ivy League hospital to a beer cooler won’t be for nothing.
Thanks for watching, if you were still wondering about Einstein’s eyeballs,
in the 90s, there was a rumor that Michael Jackson wanted to buy them for $5 million,
but Dr Henry Abrams quickly denied they were for sale.
As far as we can tell they are still in a safety deposit box somewhere.
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Einstein’s Brain Was Stolen and Chopped Up Into Tiny Pieces...For Science?!

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