ALBERT EINSTEINS BRAIN
The Mütter Museum (Philadelphia, USA) is one of only two places in the world where you can see pieces of Albert Einstein’s brain. Brain sections, 20 microns thick and stained with cresyl violet, are preserved in glass slides on display in the main Museum Gallery.
When the physicist died in New Jersey, pathologist Thomas Harvey, MD, autopsied the body and removed Einstein’s brain without the family’s permission. Dr. Harvey eventually received permission to keep the brain, but only on the condition that it be used for scientific research.
For decades, Harvey kept the brain of one of the world’s greatest minds in a glass jar, sometimes in a cider box under a beer cooler. Harvey dissected the brain into 240 blocks and made 1,000 microscopic slides of the brain tissue. Dr. Harvey sent pieces of the brain to researchers all over the world.