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Shulgin, Alexander



  • Existence: June 17, 1925 - June 2, 2014

Biographical Information

Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin was born on June 17, 1925. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in biochemistry from U. C. Berkeley in 1954, and did post-doctorate work in psychiatry and pharmacology before becoming a senior research chemist at Dow Chemical company. Starting in the 1960s, Shulgin became interested in the production and effects of psychoactive substances, going on to synthesize MDMA in 1965. Over his lifetime, Sasha produced and self-tested hundreds of different psychoactive substances and had a profound effect on the psychoactive community as a whole, coining the nickname "the godfather of psychedelics". He passed away on June 2, 2014.

Sources: "Dirty Pictures", documentary

Found in 29 Collections and/or Records:

Braun, Ulrich, Alexander T. Shulgin, and Gisela Braun. "Centrally Active N Substituted Analogs of 3,4-Methylenedioxyphenylisopropylamine (3, 4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine)." Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 69, no. 2, February 1980

 Item — Box: 2, Folder: 5
Identifier: MSP 56, File 12, Item 4
Scope and Contents Reprint. Brief note on first page. This article is available electronically in the database Wiley Online Library Backfile Complete.
Dates: February 1980

Shulgin, Alexander, Sterling Bunnell, and Thorton Sargent. "The Psychotomimetic Properties of 3, 4, 5-Trimethoxyamphetamine," Nature. Vol. 189, No. 4769 (reprint), March 25, 1961

 Item — Box: 10, Folder: 3
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 18, Item 34
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.
Dates: March 25, 1961

Shulgin, Alexander T. and Ann Shulgin. PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story. Berkeley, CA: Transform Press, 1991

 Item — Item: 1
Scope and Contents Originally published in 1991, the first half of PiHKAL: a Chemical Love Story, written by Alexander Shulgin and Ann Shulgin, is an autobiographical story of two fictional characters each with a fascination with psychedelics who ultimately share their fascinations and their lives with each other. The second half of the book chronicles more than a decade of the authors’ experiences creating and ingesting almost two hundred phenethylamines. This second half includes chemical recipes and personal...
Dates: 1991

Shulgin, Alexander T. "Chemistry of Phenethylamines Related to Mescaline." Journal of Psychedelic Drugs 11, no. 1–2, January - June 1979

 Item — Box: 2, Folder: 5
Identifier: MSP 56, File 12, Item 22
Scope and Contents Reprint. First page has handwritten inscription.
Dates: January - June 1979

Shulgin, Alexander T. "Psychotomimetic Amphetamines: Methoxy 3, 4-Dialkoxyamphetamines." Separatum Experientia 20, no. 366, 1964

 Item — Box: 2, Folder: 5
Identifier: MSP 56, File 12, Item 27
Scope and Contents Reprint. Handwritten blurb on conversion of units. Brief underlining.
Dates: 1964