Timothy Francis Leary was an American psychologist and writer. He worked on the Harvard Psilocybin Project from 1960 to 1962. Leary believed that LSD showed potential for therapeutic use in psychiatry. He developed a philosophy of mind expansion and personal truth through LSD.
About Timothy Leary in brief
Timothy Francis Leary was an American psychologist and writer. He worked on the Harvard Psilocybin Project from 1960 to 1962. Leary believed that LSD showed potential for therapeutic use in psychiatry. He used LSD himself and developed a philosophy of mind expansion and personal truth through LSD. President Richard Nixon once described Leary as \”the most dangerous man in America\”. He was arrested often enough to see the inside of 36 prisons worldwide. He popularized catchphrases that promoted his philosophy, such as \”turn on, tune in, drop out\”, and \”think for yourself and question authority\”. He also wrote and spoke frequently about transhumanist concepts of space migration, intelligence increase, and life extension. He was born on October 22, 1920 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the only child in an Irish Catholic household. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts from 1938 to 1940. He became a cadet in the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He received numerous demerits for rule infractions and then got into serious trouble for failing to report rule breaking by cadets he supervised. In his sophomore year his mother appealed to a family friend, United States Senator David I. Walsh, head of the Senate Naval Affairs Committee. The Honor Committee quietly revised its position and announced that it would abide by the court-martial verdict. Almost 50 years later, he said that it was \”the only fair trial I’ve had in a court of law\”.
Leary then resigned and was honorably discharged by the Army. He remained in the non-commissioned officer track while enrolled in the psychology of the Army Specialized Training Program, including six months of study at Georgetown University and six months at Ohio State University. While stationed in the late late 1940s in New York, Leary became a private first class of the Deshon Butler’s deaf rehabilitation clinic. After a fateful reunion with Ramsdell Butler, he was promoted to corporal and reassigned as a staff psychometrician. In the late 1950s he was reassigned to his mentor’s command and became a staff Psychometrician’s assistant. He later became a psychometricians’ assistant in Buffalo, NY, and later a staffPsychometrician with the New York State Department of Health and Mental Health. He died on October 31, 1973. He is buried in the New Jersey State Medical Examiner’s Office Cemetery in Middletown, New Jersey, in a plot of land that was once owned by his father, his brother, and his uncle. He had a son, Timothy, who died in a car accident in 1989. He also had a daughter, Jennifer, who was born in 1992. He has a son and a daughter. He lived in New Jersey. He wrote a book about his experiences in the Army called “The War on Drugs” and later wrote a memoir about his time as an Army officer in World War II.