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Fifty years frozen: The world’s first cryonically preserved human’s disturbing journey to immortality

by Corinne Purtill, Quartz

“Yes, Mr. Bedford is here.”

That’s what Marji Klima, executive assistant at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona, told me over email this week. She was referring to Dr. James Hiram Bedford, a former University of California-Berkeley psychology professor who died of renal cancer on Jan. 12, 1967. Bedford was the first human to be cryonically preserved—that is, frozen and stored indefinitely in the hopes that technology to revive him will one day exist. He’s been at Alcor since 1991. Continue reading Fifty years frozen: The world’s first cryonically preserved human’s disturbing journey to immortality