Einstein's Genius (2004)

National Geographic

Rare color photograph still from the only known color movie film of Einstein. Princeton University, May 16th, 1943
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The misterious story of Einstein's brain, vanished hours after his death in April 1955, Princeton, NJ. Can Einstein's brain solve the riddle of Einstein's genius? Thomas Stoltz Harvey (October 10, 1912 – April 5, 2007) was a pathologist who conducted the autopsy on Albert Einstein in 1955. The autopsy was conducted at Princeton Hospital, Princeton NJ, on April 18 at 8am. Einstein's brain weighed 1,230 grams -well within the normal human range- which immediately dispelled the concept that intelligence and brain size were directly related. Dr. Harvey sectioned the preserved brain into 170 pieces in a lab at the University of Pennsylvania, a process that took three full months to complete. Those 170 sections were then sliced in microscopic slivers and mounted onto slides and stained. There were 12 sets of slides created with hundreds of slides in each set. Harvey retained two complete sets for his own research and distributed the rest to handpicked leading Pathologists of the time. Einstein's family agreed to this continued study as long as the results were only published in professional trade journals and not sensationalised.



In August, 1978, New Jersey Monthly reporter Steven Levy published an article: I Found Einstein's Brain based on his interview with Dr. Harvey when he was living in Wichita, Kansas. In 1988, Dr. Harvey retired and moved to Lawrence, Kansas. In 1996, Harvey moved from Weston, Missouri to Titusville, New Jersey. In 1998, Harvey delivered the remaining uncut portion of Einstein's brain to Dr. Elliot Krauss, a pathologist at Princeton University. Certain parts of Einstein's brain were found to have a higher proportion of glial cells than the average male brain.



In 2005, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Einstein's death, the 92-year-old Harvey was able to give interviews regarding the remarkable history of the brain from his home in New Jersey. He died at the University Medical Center at Princeton on April 5, 2007.



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