Clownfish, Pathology and Genius

Albert Einstein once worked as a voice actor for an animated film. He provided the voice of a clownfish searching for his son after he was taken by divers from the Great Barrier Reef. The plot might sound familiar since it was the second-highest grossing film of 2003, “Finding Nemo.”

Albert Einstein changed his name to Albert Brooks in the 1960s before establishing a career as a stand-up comedian and actor.

Albert Einstein, the physicist, died in 1955 at Princeton Hospital. A pathologist present at the autopsy, Thomas Stoltz Harvey, took the brain without the family’s permission in order to make it available for study (he also took the eyes and gave them to Einstein’s ophthalmologist; they provided the inspiration for the eyes of both Yoda and ET). Harvey kept the sectioned brain in jars of formalin for the next 43 years, occasionally relinquishing slices to researchers who hoped to identify a structural basis for Einstein’s genius. When Harvey moved house, the brain moved with him. At one point, Einstein’s brain was a neighbour to William Burroughs.

Harvey finally handed the brain back to Princeton Hospital in 1998. The research conducted to date has not provided conclusive answers to the source of Einstein’s intellect.

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  1. Thank you for a great post.

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