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Dennis McKenna

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Birthday
17, 1950
Birthplace
Paonia, CO
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
17, 1950 (age 67)
Birthplace
Paonia, CO

About

Famous for his research in the fields of pharmacognosy and ethnopharmacology, this American scientist became a well known proponent of psychedelic medications and was one of the founders of the Heffter Research Institute.

Before Fame

After earning a botany degree from the University of Hawaii, he received a Ph.D. in the same field from the University of British Columbia and subsequently completed post-doctoral work at both Stanford University and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Trivia

His research played a key role in the Aveda Corporation's development of naturally-derived skin care products.

Family Life

His famous older brother, Terence McKenna, was also a proponent of psychedelic drugs. The younger McKenna's 2012 memoir, The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss, details his personal relationship and professional collaboration with his brother.

Associated With

He and his brother Terence McKenna co-wrote two books: Psilocybin - Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide and The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching.