We know that cryogenically frozen tissues have the chance to get revived with modern science. Embryos that went through this technique are still viable after 20 years.
Some people have had their bodies cryogenically frozen in the same hopes. Others have done it because of their beliefs about death.
Here are some of the people who wanted to go through this process after death.
1. Dr. James Bedford
January 12 is known as Bedford Day in the cryogenic community because, in 1967, he became the first person to go through this process. He was switched to a different tank in 1991, and the process seems to be working still.
2. Thomas Donaldson
This mathematician believed that brains continue to function and exist after death. After dying in 2006, the assumption is that he was cryogenically preserved because he frequently talked about returning in 300 years.
3. Fereidoun Esfandiary
He changed his name to FM-2030 to reflect a goal of living to 100. He made it to age 69 due to pancreatic cancer. His goal was to stay frozen until people could develop synthetic organs to cure him of the disease.
4. Ted Williams
The famous baseball player’s son had his father cryogenically preserved so that the two could be reunited when medicine and technology made it possible. Williams’ family disputed this idea, saying that he wanted to be cremated instead. The son produced a napkin contract, the courts allowed it, and the last hitter over .400 for the season is now frozen.
5. John-Henry Williams
Ted Williams’ son died of leukemia in 2004. He had his body cryogenically frozen so that it could be stored next to his father.
6. Dick Clair Jones
Although you might not know his name, you’ve probably seen his work. He was a writer, producer, and actor who contributed to shows like Mama’s Family, Bob Newhart, and the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Jones died from AIDS-related complications in 1988, and he had his body put on ice immediately.
Will cryogenics give these people the last laugh decades or centuries down the road? Perhaps, but many of us will probably be gone when it happens.