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18 November 2011

Einstein’s brain at the museum

A medical museum in Philadelphia has pieces of Albert Einstein's brain on display.

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A medical museum in Philadelphia has some pieces of Albert Einstein's brain on display.

Lucy Rorke-Adams donated 46 slides of Einstein's gray matter to the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The 82-year-old doctor neuropathology has worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for 47 years. She said she wanted to make sure the slides were safely in a museum.

Brain looks youthful

She says Einstein's brain looks youthful for a man his age. He was 76 when he died in 1955.

A colleague gave her the slides in the mid-1970s. That person got them from the widow of a doctor who helped arrange for the preparation of the brain samples.

The bulk of Einstein's brain is at the University Medical Centre at Princeton, where the autopsy was performed.

(Sapa, November 2011) 

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