For the most part, Albert Einstein’s brain still with the man who did Einstein’s autopsy in 1955, Dr. Thomas Harvey, from Wichita, Kansas.
In 1978 the editor of the New Jersey Monthly gave a young reporter an assignment: find Einstein’s brain, which was reportedly removed before the famous scientist was cremated.
The reporter, Steven Levy, now a senior editor for Newsweek, went first to Harvey and in the doctor’s study found two Mason jars filled with pieces of Einstein’s brain.
He broke the story, and groups of scientists from all over the world asked the doctor to lend them the pieces to examine.
Dr. Harvey has never stopped lending out the pieces.
As recently as the summer of 1999, a group of scientists from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, found that Einstein’s inferior parietal region, the part of the brain that’s associated with mathematical reasoning and visual and musical understanding, was 15% wider than most people’s brains.
Harvey isn’t just good for loans, though.
He took the brain to visit Einstein’s granddaughter in 1997, reuniting generations even after death.