“Sasha” Shulgin, Godfather of Psychedelics, MDMA, Dead at 88
Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, the American biochemist who most famously is credited for the discovery of the psychopharmaceutical use of MDMA and indirectly the reason the majority of you have visited this website, passed away this week. He was 88.
Shulgin was reportedly surrounded by friends and family when he died at his home on Monday evening. He had been diagnosed earlier this year with liver cancer.
Earning a Ph.D. in biochemistry from UC-Berkley in 1954, Shulgin would go on to spend decades of work with a DEA Schedule I license, synthesizing hundreds of psychoactive compounds and testing the efficacy of otherwise illicit drugs.