The New Yorker: The Historian Making Science Come Alive

The New Yorker recently told the story of Christopher Gray, an architectural historian who passed away this month at the age of 66 and wanted to give his body back to science. UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center is making that happen.

Shortly before he died, Christopher Gray promised his boarding school his skeleton to put on display. His body will decompose at UT.

Lee Jantz of the UT Forensic Anthropology Center confirmed, “Mr. Gray arrived last week,” in the cargo hold of a Delta flight. “It takes about eighteen months to get a good clean skeleton,” she said.

In that time, his remains will be used to train students in forensics. The bones will then be scrubbed with toothbrushes, by grad students, and transferred to the Smithsonian.