11/24/2012 11:37 pm ET

Albert Einstein's Brain: 12 Facts About Gray Matter Of Scientific Genius (PHOTOS)

Albert Einstein has been dead for more than 50 years, but Einstein's brain has been "living" at the center of a strange mystery ever since--at least until recently.

After Einstein's death on April 18, 1955, his brain was removed from his body by Dr. Thomas Harvey, a pathologist at the Princeton, N.J. hospital where Einstein died. For many years, the whereabouts of the brain were unknown. But now photographs of Einstein's brain, along with tissue specimens, have reemerged.

The recovered items have allowed researchers to identify unusual features of Einstein's brain--perhaps helping to explain his amazing brainpower. The items have also helped them figure out just what happened to the brain after it was removed from his body.

Click through the slideshow below to find out what happened to Einstein's brain from the time of his death to today--a tale as singular the great scientist:

What Happened To Einstein's Brain?