On April 18, 1955 the pathologist Thomas Stoltz Harvey conducted Albert Einstein’s autopsy at Princeton Hospital, New Jersey. He wanted to personally examine the brain of Einstein in order to find out what exactly made Einstein a genius.
Harvey found out that the brain’s weight was within the normal human range which drove away the concept that the brain size was related to the level of intelligence. Harvey sectioned the brain into 170 pieces and sliced them into microscopic slivers. The process of cutting Einstein’s brain took Harvey three months. Einstein’s family found out about Harvey’s secret deeds but instead of suing him for removing and preserving the brain, they let him continue with his study as long as the results were published only in scientific journals.
Apart from unauthorized removal of the brain, Harvey was also to be blamed for the removal of Einstein’s eyes. After the autopsy he gave them to Einstein’s eye doctor so that they could also be examined. Nowadays the remaining parts of Einstein’s brain are at the National Museum of Health and Medicine and according to the rumors, his eyes are locked away somewhere in New York.