When Albert Einstein died in 1955, Princeton pathologist Thomas Stoltz Harvey performed the autopsy. Against Einstein's wishes, and without seeking permission from his family, Harvey preserved the brilliant physicist's brain and sectioned it into hundreds of thin slices...for science.
Now, more than five decades later, a box of 46 brain slides has made its way to the wonderfully weird Mütter Museum of medical oddities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where it is now on display. The slides were donated by Dr. Lucy Rorke-Adams, senior neuropathologist at Children's Hospital Philadelphia.
According to Rorke-Adams:
I've looked at brains for [over 50 years]. I've looked at brains in young people, middle-aged people, and old people. Einstein's brain is that of a young person. It's really remarkable; it does not show any of the changes that we associate with age.