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Anatomy Atlases: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus III: Nervous System: Brain: Brain Weight

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus III: Nervous System : Brain


Ronald A. Bergman, PhD
Adel K. Afifi, MD, MS
Ryosuke Miyauchi, MD

Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed

The brain usually weighs between 1200 and 1400 grams.

It has been reported that the brain of Anatole France (French writer and Nobel Laureate) weighed 1040 gms. The brain weights (in grams) of some other notable individuals are: Ivan Turgenieff, (Russian novelist, dramatist, and short story writer) 2012; Georges Léopold Chrétien Cuvier (French zoologist and geologist) 1830; John Abercrombie, 1786; William Makepeace Thackeray (English novelist) 1658; Immanuel Kant (German metaphysician, philosopher) 1600; Spurzheim, 1559; Dirichlet, 1520; Daniel Webster, (American statesman, lawyer, and orator) 1518; Leonhard Fuchs (German physician and botanist) 1500; Alex Agassiz (Swiss-American zoologist and geologist) 1495; Karl Friedrich Gauss (German mathmatician and Astronomer) 1491; Hermann Ludwig Helmholz (German scientist, physicist, biologist, physician and philosopher) 1440; Baron Guillaume Dupuytren (French surgeon) 1437; Dante Alighieri (Italian poet) 1420; Freiherr von der Colmar Goltz (Prussian general and military historian) 1395; Baron von Justus Liebig (German Chemist) 1352; Friedrich Tiedemann (German physician and anatomist) 1253; Albert Einstein (Physicist) 1230; Baron George Eugène Hausmann (French civil official and city planner) 1225; and - Gall (Scientist) 1198.

Sir william Osler is reported to have said that his brain would not appear to be different from the average. He was subsequently proved to be correct in this assumption.


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