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Marian Diamond was a neuroscientist who paid a major contribution in studying the brain of Albert Einstein.

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Marian Diamond was a neuroscientist who paid a major contribution in studying the brain of Albert Einstein. Her groundbreaking work changed the perception and the way of the world by showing that with experience, the anatomy of the brain can change. She was 90 when she died.



In 1984, she gained fame when she worked on the preserved slices of the brain of Einstein. She was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley at the subject of integrative biology. She died on 25th July in Oakland. Her research work on the brain of Einstein showed that Einstein’s brain contained more support cells than the ones found in any other average human brain.



Her thesis and research work on rats indicated that with enrichment, the brain can gain more power and insight. It also showed how with lack of productive environment, the brain loses its capacity of learning. The light she threw on this subject with her work was indicative of the fact that environment is very important for the development of the brain. Her thesis was helpful in changing the pattern of education and teaching the parents about how to raise their children.

Her anatomic representation is now what is known as the plasticity of the brain. While doing so, she challenged the old views that viewed the brain as a constant and not changing entity that only lowered its capacity with time. She showed how brain never degenerated with age but environment played an important role in the degeneration.

Her research work laid the foundation for future references citing that the brain is changeable and continues to develop irrespective of the age. Her research showed that the brains of the male and the female are structurally different. She also proved that immune system can be improved by the stimulation of the brain.

She was famous in the University for carrying a preserved human brain to her anatomy classes in a flowered hat box. She made sure to boost and encourage the physical and mental activities that could stimulate brain cells and she continued to research and educate others until the age of 87 in 2014.

Her work remains immortal owing to the new pathway that she has shown humanity about the role of environment on the development of thebrain. This has made the parents see what they need to do in order to stimulate their child’s brain.