March 25, 2014
Albert Einstein's Brain? Yes, There Is An App For That

Albert Einstein's brain has now been turned into an iPad app.
Albert Einstein's brain has now been turned into an iPad app.

New technology has turned Albert Einstein's brain into an iPad app, according to Guardian Liberty Voice.

On April 17, 1955 Albert Einstein suffered an abdominal aortic aneurysm. When he was taken to Princeton's University Medical Center, Einstein refused treatment. With no desire to prolog his life through artificial means, Einstein passed away the next morning on April 18, 1955 at76 years of age.

Einstein's autopsy was performed by pathologist Dr. Thomas Harvey. Harvey removed his brain during the autopsy, but instead of putting the brain back for the cremation, Harvey put the brain into a jar of formaldehyde and apparently kept it for further study.

According to NPR, Dr. Harvey had not had permission to remove Einstein's brain. It is believed that he may not have even had permission to perform the autopsy in the first place, although he may have gotten retroactive permission from Einstein's son to keep the brain for the purpose of scientific study. Whatever the truth may be, Harvey would not allow other scientists or researchers near Einstein's brain. He eventually lost his job. It is believed that he kept the specimen at his home or at another hospital after losing his job.

Harvey would spend the next forty years studying Albert Einstein's brain.

A writer researching the events surrounding Einstein's brain, Michael Paterniti discovered that the brain was stolen from Princeton, sliced and then sent to various researchers (in all, Einstein's brain was segmented into about 170 parts and then split even more for microscopic study), took a trip from Jew Jersey to Berkeley, California in a Tupperware container and was eventually returned to where it all started - Princeton. There Einstein's brain was mad into what is now an app.

The brain was donated by Harvey's estate to the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHMC) in 2010. Two years later, the museum received funding to digitize the collection which was Einstein's brain. Now it is an iPad app available to neuroscientists, researchers, educators and even the general public. The Albert Einstein brain app allows users to examine the neuroanatomy of Einstein as if they were viewing the slides through a microscope.