Alexander Theodore Shulgin, American biochemist and pharmacologist, was famous for the resynthesis of 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, a hallucinogen and stimulant commonly referred to as MDMA or Ecstasy, and the creation of a 200 mind altering substances, some of that were used to deal with nicotine cravings and reduce high blood pressure, while others suppressed or enhanced the sensations or emotions. Shulgin entered Harvard University by the age of 16, but his studies were interrupted by World War II. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Shulgin made an A.B. In chemistry and a Ph.D.
In biochemistry in the University of California, Berkeley. After completing her postdoctoral work in psychiatry and pharmacology, Shulgin was employed by the Dow Chemical Co. There he assisted the firm synthesizes and develops the pesticide Zectran and experimented with the molecular structure of mescaline, a hallucinogenic compound derived from the peyote cactus. Between 1965 and 1994 Shulgin worked to Drug Enforcement Administration as a research consultant on the DEA drug cases and as a medication designer who fabricated compounds in his own home based lab, that he dubbed the Farm. , Shulgin was the author of PiHKAL: a chemical love story and TiHKAL: The Continuation.