Sasha Shulgin, godfather of ecstasy and pioneering psychedelic pharmacologist
Sasha Shulgin has died of liver cancer at age 88. He was an extraordinary figure. He synthesized over 200 psychedelic drugs,tested them on himself and his friends, and published the recipes. I had the privilege of meeting Sasha Shulgin in 1999, in Berkeley, at a meeting of our Enhancement Technologies group.
You can read an obituary in The Independent, and a 1997 profile in The Guardian.