Myron Stolaroff

Myron Stolaroff, born in Roswell, New Mexico, August 20, 1920, completed his education at Stanford University with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering.  The bulk of his industrial career was spent with Ampex Corporation, a leading manufacturer of magnetic recording equipment and producer of the first successful video recorder.  Here he reached the position of  Assistant to the President in charge of Long Range Planning.  This position provided the broad perspective of the technical world which permitted him to declare, after his first experience with LSD in 1956, that LSD was the most important discovery of mankind.  He consequently made the decision to devote his primary energy to discovering and exploring the potential of psychedelic substances.

In 1961 he founded the International Foundation for Advanced Study in Menlo Park, California, where research with LSD and mescaline was conducted for 3-1/2 years, processing some 350 subjects and resulting in six professional papers, including a landmark investigation of the application of psychedelics to creativity.  The FDA revoked all permits for research with psychedelics in 1965.  However, a number of compounds became available after 1970 that were unscheduled, permitting additional research to be done with a variety of phenethylamines until the Controlled Substance Analogue Act of 1986 was passed.  Since that time he has been studying how the knowledge of psychedelics can be employed to deepen meditation practice and achieve personal realization. 

Myron is the author of two books:

Thanatos to Eros:  Thirty-five Years of Psychedelic Exploration.  Berlin:  VWB—Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, 1994. 

The Secret Chief:  Conversations with a Pioneer of the Underground Psychedelic Therapy Movement.  North Carolina: MAPS, 1997. 

His published papers include: 

Using Psychedelics Wisely.  Gnosis, a Journal of the Western Inner Traditions,  No. 26, Winter 1993:26-30.

With Charles Wm. Wells:  Preliminary Results with New Psychoactive Agents 2C-T-2 and 2C-T-7.  Yearbook for Ethnomedicine and the Study of Consciousness, Issue 2, 1993.  Christian Rätsch, Editor.

Are Psychedelics Useful in the Practice of Buddhism?  Journal of Humanistic Psychology.  Vol. 39, No. 1, pp 60 - 80. 

Myron joined the CCLE's Board of Advisors in 2000.

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