This is a short 1 page biography on Timothy Leary. It explains his life from birth to death.

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Timothy Leary


Timothy Leary was born on October 22,1920. He believed that all people should drop out of the war,work and school and everyone should do hallucinogens.

In 1955 R. Gordon Wasson discovered the first psilocybin mushrooms in Mexico. (Main chemical in LSD). Five years later Timothy Leary tries his first psilocybin mushrooms. This catches his interest and he decides to do research on the chemical. He begins his job as a professor at Harvard. In 1962 after Leary does his research on mushrooms and discovers that the chemical Psilocybin makes you hallucinate. He gets some out of the mushroom and tries it. In 1965 Leary got busted for Marijuana. In 1966 with no more than three years since the creation of the drug LSD over 1 million people have tried it. Horror stories begin and so California makes it illegal. Five years later Leary's court goes to trial and he gets sentenced to 10 years for possession of Marijuana.

That same year he escaped from prison and fled to Europe. By 1971 over 5 million Americans had tried LSD. In 1973 Leary is captured and sent back to prison. He's back out in 3 years. By 1983 Leary starts to fade away, he writes a book called "Mind Mirror". On December 3,1996 Leary died in his bed, in his home. His ashes were sent up to space in a rocket and set free outside the earth's atmosphere. Timothy Leary was not a bad guy. A lot of people liked him for what he did. Even though we consider LSD such a bad drug now, it was like a part of people's life back then.