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Richard Evans Schultes

Born: Jan 12, 1915

Death: Apr 10, 2001

Birthplace: Boston

Nationality: United States

Richard Evans Schultes

Date of Birth : Jan 12, 1915
Date of Death : Apr 10, 2001
Birth Place : Boston

Richard Evans Schultes was a biologist and may be considered the father of modern ethnobotany, for his studies of indigenous peoples' uses of plants, including especially entheogenic or hallucinogenic plants, for his lifelong collaborations with chemists, and for his charismatic influence as an educator at Harvard University on a number of students and colleagues who went on to write popular books and assume influential positions in museums, botanical gardens, and popular culture. His book The Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers, co-authored with chemist Albert Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD, is considered his greatest popular work: it has never been out of print and was revised into an expanded second edition, based on a German translation by Christian Ratsch, in 2001.

Also known as


  • Richard Schultes
  • Richard E. Schultes

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada
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