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.