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Leary, Timothy Francis

Born: 1920 AD
Died: 1996 AD
Nationality: N/A
Categories: Authors, Psychologists

US counterculture activist, psychologist, and promoter of psychedelic drugs


professor of psychology at Harvard University 1959-1963


experienced psychedelic drugs on trip to Mexico 1960, experienced LSD 1961


studied and promoted psychedelic drugs in attempt to expand consciousness and bring about less institutional society


dismissed from Harvard faculty for drug experiments 1963


founder and leader of Castilia Center in Millbrook, New York 1963-1966


converted to Hinduism on trip to India 1965


founded League for Spiritual Discovery 1966


coined and popularized slogan "turn on, tune in, drop out" 1966


after conviction for marijuana possession, imprisoned 1970 but escaped, with help from Weathermen activists, and fled to Algeria to join with Black Panthers


captured in Afghanistan by US agents 1973 and returned to US, imprisoned 1973-1976, sentence shortened for testifying against Weathermen who had arranged 1970 prison escape


co-wrote "The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead" 1964, wrote "Psychedelic Prayers After the Tao-te-ching" 1966, "The Politics of Ecstasy" 1968, "Jail Notes" 1970, "Confessions of a Hope Fiend" 1973, "Exo-Psychology: A Manual on the Use of the Human Nervous System According to the Instructions of the Manufacturers" 1977, autobiography "Flashbacks" 1983