Speaking of psychopharmacologist Alexander Shulgin — which I have done here and here — the prestigious journal Scientific American has just published a remarkably positive short article on his life and work.
Shulgin has had a warm and deeply loving relationship with his wife Ann, with whom he shared many of his chemical creations. Together they have coauthored two massive texts — Phenethylamines I Have Known And Loved: A Chemical Love Story and Tryptamines I Have Known And Loved: The Continuation, known, respectively, as PiHKAL and TiHKAL. In addition to essays ranging from reminiscence to natural history, the books contain the chemical structure and detailed instructions for the synthesis of hundreds of psychoactive compounds, with meticulously detailed accounts of their reported effects at different dosages.
Shulgin is a giant in the field of psychopharmacology, and widely loved and admired for his inventiveness, courage, and sense of humor. It is good to see him get the respect he deserves from the mainstream scientific press.