Jeremy Bentham @ University College London


Jeremy Bentham(1748 - 1832) was a philosopher and reformer who invented the idea of the "Total Surveillance" Panopticon as a "humane" prison or military barracks design


(image from the Wikipedia article)

Jeremy Bentham's preserved body is on public display at the University College London, Gower Street campus. Bloomsbury, London.


"As requested in his will, his body was preserved and stored in a wooden cabinet, termed his "Auto-icon". Originally kept by his disciple Dr. Southwood Smith, it was acquired by University College London in 1850. The Auto-Icon is kept on public display at the end of the South Cloisters in the main building of the College."

The Auto-Icon can be seen 07:30-18:00 Monday to Friday.

This colour plan of the Gower Street site shows the location of the South Cloisters between grid references G4 and G5

GPS grid coordinates:
Latitude: (WGS84) N51:31:27 ( 51.524095 )
Longitude: (WGS84) W0:07:58 ( -0.132691 )

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