Is it true that The Dead Body Of The Founder Of The University Of Central London Jeremy Bentham Is Taken Into Important Meetings At The University.?
Well, yes and no. His remains were brought into three later meetings, commemorating the University's 100th and 150th anniversary, and once in 2013. He was registered as 'p…resent but not voting'. As to 'dead body': by his own wishes and detailed instructions, Benthams body was turned into an 'auto-icon', which is the reverse of a taxidermist's job. There, only the skin is preserved and pulled over a wooden or straw figure of the animal in question. In Benthams case, (only) his skeleton was preserved which was then padded with straw to make a human form; which then was dressed in his clothes. Originally his skull was also used, covered with a wax image of his face, but after a few student pranks over the centuries with it, the head was replaced by a solid wax effigy. (MORE)