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Myron Stolaroff
Myron Stolaroff
JH, 2009.
Myron Stolaroff
Summary
Myron Stolaroff was born in Roswell, New Mexico. He received a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1941 and worked in the industry for Ampex Corporation from 1946 to 1960.

In 1960, he founded the International Foundation for Advanced Study (IFAS) in Menlo Park and served as its president until 1970. Between 1961 and 1965, IFAS conducted clinical investigations administering LSD or mescaline to hundreds of subjects. In 1965, the FDA began to revoke permits for human studies with psychedelics, forcing the conclusion of this research. Between 1978 and 1986, Myron conducted additional personal studies using unscheduled compounds, but this work was stopped too, with the passage of the Controlled Substance Analogue Act of 1986.

An inspirational and beloved elder of the psychedelic community, Myron kept detailed accounts of his own experiences with altered states of consciousness and he spoke elegantly about the beneficial effects that psychedelics and empathogens could provide. He strongly felt that LSD was humankind's most important discovery. He served on the Board of Directors of the Albert Hofmann Foundation, as a consultant to the Heffter Research Institute, and on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics. Erowid is currently in the process of digitizing and cataloging Myron's vast archive of letters, writings, and ephemera related to his research into human consciousness.

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Author of (Books)
  • The Secret Chief [full text] (1997)
  • Thanatos to Eros [full text] (1994)
  • Interviews
  • "A Conversation with George Greer and Myron Stolaroff" by Neal Goldsmith. (Nov 1998)