Many famous scientists and inventors of all ages have admitted to taking psychedelic drugs. Some of them have even claimed that recreational drugs enhance creativity, inventiveness and intelligence, while others have gone one to advocate drug usage. Timothy Leary, the legendary American psychologist, philosopher and scientist, gained notoriety worldwide, during the 1960s and 1970s, for his advocacy of psychedelic drugs.
Today’s article on our Science Blog will talk about well-known scientific visionaries and inventors who experiment with drugs.
Andrew Weil – Morphine
Andrew Weil is widely credited as the founder of “integrative medicine”. Weil is open about his use of chocolate, morphine and other drugs. He also has a psychedelic mushroom, Psilocybe weilii, named after him.
Bill Gates — LSD
This guy isn’t exactly an inventor, but certainly one of the most important entrepreneurs in the personal computer revolution. In an interview with Playboy, Gates has admitted using LSD in his “errant youth”.
Carl Sagan — Marijuana
Probably the most influential astrophysicist and cosmologist in history, Carl Sagan not only smoked but advocated use of marijuana in his 1971 book Marijuana Reconsidered.
Francis Crick — LSD
The legendary molecular biologist Francis Crick had told his Cambridge fellow, Dick Kemp, that he surprisingly had “perceived the double-helix shape while on LSD.”
John C. Lilly — LSD, Ketamine
Neurocientist John Cunningham Lilly was the most important figure in the field of electronic brain stimulation. He extensively experimented with LSD and ketamine.
Kary Mullis — LSD
Kary Banks Mullis was an American biochemist who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for making valuable improvements to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique. Mullies once told California Monthly that he “took plenty of LSD”.
Paul Erdös — Amphetamines
Paul Erdös was a leading Hungarian mathematician and a highly prolific author. Known for his eccentric personality, reportedly wasn’t able to get any mathematical work done for almost a month when he quit taking amphetamine as he’d made a $500 bet with his friend Ronald Graham.
Ralph Abraham – LSD/ Other
Ralph Abraham is a prominent American mathematician. In an interview with GQ magazine, Abraham discussed how psychedelic insights had helped influence his mathematical theories. He took LSD and other psychedelic drugs.
Richard Feynman — LSD, Marijuana, Ketamine
One of the greatest theoretical physicists in history, Richard Feynman briefly experimented with LSD, marijuana and ketamine.
Sigmund Freud — Cocaine
The great Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud described cocaine as a “wonder drug”. He also used marijuana until his death in 1996.
Stephen Jay Gould – Marijuana
Famous American American paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould had reportedly been using marijuana since 1982 until his death in 2002.
Steve Jobs — LSD
Steve Jobs, arguably the most revered pioneer in the personal computer revolution, once stated that experimenting with LSD in the 1960s was “one of the two or three most important things he had done in his life.”
Thomas Alva Edison — Cocaine Elixers
The most famous and prolific inventor in history, Thomas Alva Edison frequently used “Vin Mariani”, a Bordeaux wine treated with coca leaves invented by French chemist Angelo Mariani.
Timothy Leary – LSD/ Other
As we have mentioned above, Timothy Leary, remains of the most popular consumers and advocates of LSD. He also frequently used mushrooms.