Einstein’s brain is on display

Published on November 18th, 2011
Einstein’s brain is on display

Albert Einstein is easily recognised as one of the greatest minds of our time, so it comes as no surprise that a medical museum in the United States has some pieces of his brain on display.

Talk about being open-minded…

The Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia has 46 slides of Einstein’s grey matter, which are part of the Mutter’s permanent collection.

The slides were a donation from Lucy Rorke-Adams, a neuropathologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Lucy obtained the slides in the mid-1970s, having received them from the widow of a physician who had helped arrange for the brain samples to be prepared several decades earlier.

Although Einstein’s body was cremated, his brain was saved. Dr. Thomas S. Harvey, a pathologist at Princeton Hospital, removed Einstein’s brain on the morning of Einstein’s death.

Albert was 76 when he died in 1955, but apparently his brain looks youthful for a man his age.