Albert Einstein’s Autopsy

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Albert Einstein died of heart failure at the age of 76. Thomas Harvey, the pathologist who performed Einstein’s autopsy removed and held onto Einstein’s brain without telling his superiors, colleagues, or Einstein’s next of kin. When Einstein’s family found out about this event via media news coverage which stated that Einstein’s head was concave during cremation, they were understandably outraged. Harvey sold Einstein’s family upon the idea of allowing him to study Einstein’s brain under the conditions that Harvey never make a profit from doing so, nor use it to garner personal fame. Einstein stated prior to his death that he wished to be cremated as he did not want people visiting his gravesite in reverence or worship of his brilliance. Harvey was not a neurologist by specialty and because of this he had a friend who was a neurosurgeon help him slice Einstein’s brain into 240 cubes and then created at least 12 sets each containing 200 microscopic slides. Harvey was hoping that top researchers from around the world would voluntarily analyze segments of Einstein’s brain to collectively come up with a reason for his brilliance but to his surprise he found that no one wanted to be associated with the project or Harvey himself