Einstein brain on display in US museum

November 24th, 2011 - 7:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Nov 24 (IANS/ RIA Novosti) Several dozen slivers of the brain of Albert Einstein have been put on display in a US museum, the CBS News reported.

Visitors to Philadelphia’s Muetter Museum and Historical Medical Library can watch 46 slices of the genius physicist’s brain.

“He was a unique individual, and to have the organ that’s most associated with intelligence of this great man is a wonderful opportunity,” said museum curator Anna Dhody said. “What we’re hoping to do is to showcase this and to really talk about the brain and the physiology.”

The ultra-thin brain slices were originally owned by Thomas Harvey, who performed an autopsy on Einstein when the genius died in 1955 at the age of 76.

Harvey took Einstein’s brain as part of the usual procedure but never put it back.

The slices then changed hands a number of times before their latest possessor, Lucy Rorke-Adams, decided recently to donate these to the museum.

The museum also has on display a tumour from two-time US President Glover Cleveland and neck tissue from John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of US President Abraham Lincoln.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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