Sections of Albert Einstein’s brain will be displayed in Britain on Thursday at an exhibition in London, along with other historical figures.
Two sections of the brain will be going on display at the Wellcome Collection show “Brains: The Mind As Matter.”
The slides from Einstein’s brain are on loan from the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, where they were shown publicly for the first time in the U.S. in 2011.
When Einstein died at the age of 76 in 1955 his body was cremated and ashes were scattered according to his wishes.
Pathologist Thomas Harvey, who carried out the postmortem, said Einstein’s son gave him permission to preserve the brain for research.
Harvey kept the brain and divided it into 240 sections preserved in jars of formaldehyde at his house.
The pathologist gave a box of 46 slices to his colleague William Ehrich, and the samples were eventually donated to the museum in Philadelphia.
Einstein’s brain will not be the only one on display, Edward Rulloff’s brain will also be on display for the first time in Britain. He was thought to have killed his wife and child and was sentenced to death in 1871 for killing a shop assistant in New York. Rulloff’s brain is one of the largest ever known.
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