After so much stuff in this world, the great scientist Einstein’s brain was stolen after the post-mortem of his dead body. On 18th April 1955, Einstein took his last breath in New Jersey.
Last word of Elbert Einstein
Albert told before his death what to do with his dead body. Before his death, Einstein had said what to do with his dead body. His last wish was for rites to be carried out with formality. He ordered that his body be cremated and the ashes scattered. Because he did not want that his body to be studied after death, but unfortunately, his last wish could not be fulfilled. His autopsy pathologist removed his brain against his wishes for research.
How Einstein’s brain was stolen
the pathologist of Pristons Hospital, Thomas Harvey, was appointed to find out the reason for Albert Einstein’s death. His Only duty was to find out the death reason of Albert Einstein. He took a vital decision without any permission or advice. Whether out of curiosity or otherwise, Thomas Harvey never wanted that the brains of such a famous man to be lost. So he took off Albert Einstein’sbrain within 7 hours after his death. Though Thomas Harvey was not a brain specialist, he was only a pathologist. The interesting fact is that Thomas Harvey didn’t stay calm after removing Einstein’s brain, and he also took off his two eyes. After some days of Postmortem, Thomas accepted that he stole Einstein’s brain from his family and asked permission to keep it with him. Despite their unwillingness, his family give him permission.
What did Thomas Harvey do with Einstein’s brain?
Despite getting permission to keep Einstein’s brain, Dr Harvey lost his job. He decided to leave New Jersey and arrived in Philadelphia. Here he cut the brain into fragments of 240 pieces and kept them in a jar. But his wife didn’t appreciate it and threatened to dismount the jars. Then he travels to Midwest and join a biology lab as a Medical Supervisor in Kansas. It was there that he first started researching Einstein’s brain. Along with that, he started to send some of the portions of the brain to other researchers who were interested in getting it.
Why Einstein’s brain is so valuable?
Einstein’s brain is different from normal people’s. A lot of research is done based on such a hypothesis. At the end of the research, the hypotheses were proved true every time.
Differences seen with ordinary people are
Generally, the IQ of ordinary people varies from 90 to 110, but the IQ of Albert Einstein was 160 to 190, which is far more than a normal human being. But the astonishing fact is, after having a high IQ, the size of his brain was smaller than a normal human being’s. Generally, the weight of ordinary people’s brains is near about 3 pounds or 1400 grams, whereas Einstein’s brain weighs 2.7 pounds or 1225 grams.
Secondly, The ‘inferior parietal’ portion of the brain, which controls Language and Mathematical Efficiency, is 15% bigger than in ordinary people. Again the Largest cavity in the brain, the Sylvian fissure, was absent in Einstein’s brain.
Thirdly the Cerebral Cortex was thinner than the other portion of the brain, but the density of Neurons in this portion was Much more than usual.
The most exciting difference is Einstein’s Brain Shows Younger Age. His brain behaves like a person younger than his age. Again the proportion of Neurons and Glial cells in Einstein’s brain is much more than 11 people who died at the same age as Einstein.
The present condition of Einstein’s brain
Doctor Harvey made a total of 5 boxes of slides, and one of them is deserved in the National Museum of Health and Medicine, USA. The rest of the slides are reserved in The Mutter museum.