William Leonard Pickard
Chemist, Researcher, Author

In conversation with Julian Vayne.

Alleged to have produced "90% of the world's LSD," William Leonard Pickard is a former drug policy fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, research associate in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, and deputy director of the Drug Policy Analysis Program at UCLA. With two life sentences without parole, he served 20 years in maximum security federal prisons, and was released in 2020. His book celebrated psychedelic novel The Rose of Paracelsus - written in pencil while imprisoned - was first published in 2015. Currently he is a senior advisor, scientific advisory boards, of JLS Fund LP, PsyGen, and the Fireside Project.