Einstein’s Brain Was Stolen and Chopped Up Into Tiny Pieces…For Science?!


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 up those slides 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
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