Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Cryogenic Founder Frozen

drevilHERO.jpg

It was a cool idea, literally. Having been amazed at the quality of his medical treatment during the Second World War, Robert Ettinger came up with the novel idea of cryogenic preservation in 1964.

The premise was fairly simple: freeze people shortly after death to preserve their bodies, and patiently wait for science to catch up, before being reawoken and cured of their fatal disease.

And no-one can accuse Mr Ettinger of not liking a taste of his own medicine, as he died a few days ago at the age of 92, and was immediately plunged into liquid nitrogen at a temperature of -196 degrees centigrade.

He joins 105 others at the Cryonics Institute in Michigan, and, who knows, perhaps he'll be reanimated in 2032 with John Spartan and Simon Phoenix in a dystopian San Angeles.

Of course, the technique has already been proved to be viable with Austin Powers and Dr. Evil emerging from 30 years of cryogenic freezing in 1997, an event which received widespread coverage.

Strangely, this did not lead to a huge upsurge of clients for Ettinger's Institute.

Image: Rex

Related

can2.png

Japan invents staying cool in a can

squirr.png

VIDEO: Squirrel cheats death

HERO.jpg

10 Easily Escapable Death Scenes

Comments

More

Have an idea to help save London's nightlife? Then this job is for you

Want to get paid for going out? Step this way...

25 Aug 2016

How well can you do on these GCSE questions?

Will you ace it, or flunk it?

25 Aug 2016

Why police are wrong to punish Fabric for drug deaths

Is in-club drug testing the way forward? by Dave Fawbert

25 Aug 2016

The funniest Twitter reactions to Farage speaking at a Trump rally

25 Aug 2016

This is what it's really like to be a Deliveroo driver

Our man joins the turquoise army by Andrew Dickens

24 Aug 2016

This is what your doctor, plumber & taxi driver really think of you

And they don't hold back

24 Aug 2016

Danny Wallace on the tricky art of impact storytelling

24 Aug 2016

Jeremy Corbyn is the Arsene Wenger of politics, and here’s why

As the Labour Leader battles the ‘traingate’ controversy, here's why one football manager shares his pain

24 Aug 2016

This is what happens if you pour acid on a Big Mac

It's not what you'd expect

24 Aug 2016

19 Dogs That You Need To Follow On Instagram Right Now

Our guide to the hippest, happening hounds around

23 Aug 2016