Timothy Leary

American psychologist (1920–1996)

Timothy Francis Leary, (October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996) was an American writer and psychologist from Springfield, Massachusetts. He is seen as a modern pioneer. He was in favor of research on psychedelic drugs and their use. He was one of the first people whose remains have been sent into space. As an icon of the counterculture of the 1960s, he is most famous as a person who stood in for the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of using LSD. He coined and popularized the catch phrase "Turn on, tune in, drop out."[1]

Timothy Leary
Born(1920-10-22)October 22, 1920
DiedMay 31, 1996(1996-05-31) (aged 75)
Spouse(s)Marianne Busch
(m. 1945-1955, her death)
Mary Della Cioppa
(m. 1956-1957, divorced)
Nena von Schlebrügge
(m. 1964-1965, divorced)
Rosemary Woodruff
(m. 1967-1976, divorced)
Barbara Chase
(m. 1978-1992, divorced)
ChildrenDaughter (deceased), 2 sons

Leary died of prostate cancer.[2]


  1. Grimes, William (2017-05-12). "Nicholas Sand, Chemist Who Sought to Bring LSD to the World, Dies at 75". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  2. "Review: 'Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary' documents two men and their trip of a lifetime". Los Angeles Times. 2016-06-16. Retrieved 2020-09-25.