Known as the ‘most intelligent man of the twentieth century’, Einstein was a great scientist who presented principles and theories that changed the course of the world. Because of his special intelligence, it was believed at the time that his brain must be more special than the average human brain.
When Einstein died in 1955, a doctor wanted to do research on the nature of his brain. It all started there!
Death of Einstein
In 1955, Albert Einstein lived in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. On April 12 of that year, Einstein suddenly fell ill. He had severe pain in his lower abdomen, but Einstein did not allow his secretary, Helen, to call the doctor. But Helen secretly told a doctor named Dean about Einstein’s condition.
On April 13, Einstein’s condition worsened. Einstein, who had been struggling since that morning, suddenly fainted and fell to the ground. Distraught, Helen immediately brought Dr. Dean home. The doctor who examined and treated Einstein said that he was in danger of being hospitalized. So several specialists arrived the next day to examine Einstein. But Einstein was a little nervous at the time and did not even bother to talk to the doctors. It is said that he politely asked the group to let him be alone for a while.
By April 15, Einstein’s condition had worsened. There was no solution at that time except to hospitalize him. So Einstein was quickly admitted to Princeton Hospital. Its staff turned their full attention to Einstein. They took steps to treat the internal bleeding that caused his abdominal pain.
On the night of April 17, Einstein fell asleep on a hospital bed and died at about 1.15 the next morning. A nurse named Alberta was by his side when he breathed his last. At the time, she told the press that Einstein had “breathed twice and died.”
Einstein’s autopsy begins
Dr. Thomas Harvey was responsible for conducting the autopsy on Einstein’s body. About seven hours after his death, Dr. Harvey began an autopsy. The doctor removed the skull and removed the brain. It is said that Dr. Harvey was very happy to have the best brain of the 20th century. The biggest question that came to Dr. Harvey’s mind was how Einstein became such a brilliant man. Dr. Harvey decided to weigh Einstein’s brain.
At the weigh-in, the brain weight was recorded as 1230 grams. The average human brain weighs between 1300 and 1400 grams, but Einstein’s brain weighed less than that. In fact, at the time, Dr. Harvey was hoping to see if Einstein had a brain slightly heavier than the average. He later said so.
The doctor steals body parts
The doctor was amazed at Einstein’s weight loss and wanted to test his brain. So he removed the corpse’s brain, removed both eyes, and handed it over to his friend, the ophthalmologist Henry Abrams. He took the brain to the University of Pennsylvania and secretly stored it in a laboratory there.
Meanwhile, the funeral of Einstein took place at the top. Dr. Harvey had subtly implanted two other eyes into the corpse. So the theft of the brain and eyes from Einstein’s body was never revealed.
Begins research on the brain
Shortly after Einstein’s death, Dr. Harvey secretly went to the lab, removed his brain, and cut it in two with a sharp surgical knife. One part of it was injected with a formalin solution, and the second was placed in a bottle containing the formalin solution. The doctor kept the piece of brain in his possession, cut the rest of the brain into 240 small pieces, and placed a few parts of it in a bottle containing formalin solution. The rest of the brain was cut into small pieces and sent to neurosurgeons and pathologists he knew. But no one knew whose brains they were.
Dr. Harvey leads an obscure life
About a year after Einstein’s death, Dr. Harvey, a fraudulent doctor, lost his job. Harvey then spent most of the day in his home lab. From there, Harvey secretly examined parts of Einstein’s brain and did not even have time to pay attention to his wife. So despite the constant quarrels between the two, there was no change in Dr. Harvey’s daily routine.
One afternoon, Dr. Harvey’s wife forcibly entered the laboratory. The doctor was still examining parts of Einstein’s brain. Dr. Harvey’s wife was convinced that these brain fragments had changed his daily routine. She threatened to smash the two bottles with brain pieces to the ground. Frightened by his wife’s threats, Dr. Harvey secretly fled to Kansas State with two bottles of brainwashing while living unnoticed in the countryside.
How Harvey’s theft was revealed
William Burroughs, a fun-loving man living next door to Harvey, was spotted living in a small house in a rural area of Kansas. Harvey, who was fond of Burroughs’ behavior, soon became his best friend. They got used to drinking together almost every evening. One day, while drinking, Harvey revealed to his friend about parts of Einstein’s brain that he had. A few days after the revelation, Burrows, who was drinking with several other friends, revealed to them the brain story that Harvey had told him.
Stephen Levy, a newspaper reporter, learned of the story. He went to great lengths to learn about the theft from Harvey. So in 1978, information was revealed about a brain theft committed by Dr. Harvey. However, a document in Harvey’s possession, signed by Hans Einstein, the son of Albert Einstein, authorized Harvey’s possession of Einstein’s body parts. Many believed that it was a fraudulent document prepared by Harvey.
However, when it was revealed that parts of Einstein’s brain were still left, there was an open investigation. Later a lot of interesting information was revealed.
Discoveries about Einstein’s brain
Over the years, Einstein’s brain was tested. Initially, it was discovered that Einstein had more Glial cells for each neuron in his brain. These cells not only “stick” neurons in the right place, but also provide them with oxygen and food.
They also observed that the part of the brain involved in mathematical ability was wider than normal. Scientists have suggested that Einstein’s brain may have abnormalities between the hemispheres of the brain and some other features not previously observed in other brains. It is not yet clear whether Einstein was born with these changes or whether these changes occurred during his lifetime.
However, some scientists do not believe these findings are special. They say that such changes in Einstein’s brain are being observed with special attention. They suggest that many people may have these changes in their brains, and that Einstein’s special attention to his brain magnifies small changes in his brain.