Cryonics founder takes frozen path to the future
ROBERT Ettinger, founder of the Cryonics Institute, which stores bodies at low temperatures in the hope medical science will one day revive them, has died and his body been frozen, his family has said.
Ettinger died at the age of 92 at his home in Michigan and "has been frozen at the institute", they said in a statement.
Born in 1918, Ettinger went public with his theory of cryonics in 1964 with the publication of his work, The Prospect of Immortality.
In the book, he argued that "at very low temperatures it is possible, right now, to preserve dead people with essentially no deterioration, indefinitely”.
"If civilisation endures, medical science should eventually be able to repair almost any damage to the human body, including freezing damage and senile debility or other cause of death," he wrote.
According to a Cryonics Institute statement, Ettinger's initial thoughts on