From Galileo’s Finger To Einstein’s Brain, This Is Where These Organs Are Kept

Organs Galileo Finger Einstein Brainvia

Preserving the human body or parts of the body is a practice that was following from ancient history. The reasons are many for preserving like it was doing for remembrance of a famous personality or the scientific research of celebrities’ organs. Like royal mummies were preserved in Egypt, we can see a list of famous people’s preserved organs and kept in display to rewind the history behind them.


Where Are Albert Einstein’s Eyes And Brain?

Albert Einstein's brain

When you talk about the brain, you cannot miss Albert Einstein’s name, so it got a history. Albert Einstein died in Princeton Hospital in the year 1955. At that time, Thomas Harvey, the pathologist, conducted Einstein’s autopsy and stolen Einstein’s brain. He cut it into 240 pieces and closely packed it in a plastic-like material called collodion. But this news came to light, and Einstein’s son Hans Abbott argued and came to an agreement that his brain can only be used for scientific research.

After that, most of the brain parts are kept at Washington’s National Museum of Health and Medicine, and the remaining parts are kept at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. It was believed that Einstein’s eyes taken by the pathologist were also kept in a safe deposit box in New York City.


Galileo’s Fingers And Teeth In A Museum

Galileo's fingers

Galileo Galilei was an Italian astronomer called as “father of modern physics” and was lived in Renaissance as body and soul, but today his parts of body living with us in the Museum of the History of Science in Florence, Italy. In 1737, his two fingers and teeth were removed by his admirer while his body was transferred from one tomb to another. The two fingers and teeth were discovered at an auction in 2009, which was disappeared in the early 20th century after it had removed from its vertebra. Now his tooth and fingers are placed in the Galileo Museum for display.


Test Tube Has Last Breath Of Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison's last breath

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were friends known by history. Even it seems like a rumor that the test tube holds Edison’s last breath. However, there is a history about what happened in his last breath. Henry Ford asked Edison’s son Charles to sit beside his father during his last breath and to place a test tube near his mouth to catch his last breath. It was evident with the opened test tube placed on a table when Edison was dying. After Henry Ford’s death, the test tube was discovered. Now it is placed in Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.


Pancho Villa’s Trigger Finger In A Pawnshop

Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa was a rebel general and one of the most prominent figures of the Mexican Revolution. In 1923 Villa was assassinated by his political enemies when he was driving a car near his ranch in Parral, and a group of riflemen shot him. But still, we can find a trigger finger a part of Pancho Villa’s body. It was preserved and displayed for sale at Dave’s Pawn Shop in El Paso, Texas. The shop owner was unable to prove his certificate of authenticity was genuine to the buyer.


Napoleon Bonaparte’s Penis


Napoleon Bonaparte was the French Emperor. He died in 1821. However, his penis had lived on and passed on to different owners’ hands before it was sold in auction in 2016. After his death, his body was autopsied by an English surgeon. He knowingly or unknowingly cut of Napolean’s penis, after which it was passed down from generation to generation. A bookseller in London bought a penis from an Italian priest in 1916. Finally, it was purchased by an American urologist for the cost of $2900 in 1969. He kept under his bed until he died in 2007.

It is a fact from the legend that body parts or organs of celebrities or famous people will have a longer life and have a history to tell the future generation.

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Anushka Jain
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