Chauncey D. Leake

Chauncey Depew Leake (September 5, 1896 – January 11, 1978) was an American pharmacologist, medical historian and ethicist. Leake received a bachelor's degree with majors in biology, chemistry, and philosophy from Princeton University.[1] He received his M.S. (1920) and Ph.D. (1923) from the University of Wisconsin in pharmacology and physiology.[2]

Chauncey Depew Leake
Born(1896-09-05)September 5, 1896
DiedJanuary 11, 1978(1978-01-11) (aged 81)
Scientific career

Leake was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey.[3] At age 10, he was treated by the ophthalmologist Karl Koller.

Leake discovered the anesthetic divinyl ether. One of his publications was a translation of the 1628 physiological work De motu cordis (On the Motion of the Heart) from Latin to English.

In 1973, Leake was one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto II.[4]

He was awarded the UCSF medal in 1975. [5]

A collection of his papers is held at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.[6]


  1. ^ Chauncey D. Leake (1976). "How I Am". Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology. 16: 1–16. doi:10.1146/ PMID 779611.
  2. ^ Register of the Chauncey DePew Leake papers, 1912-1978 (Online Archives of California)
  3. ^ Staff. A COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS: The Institute for Advanced Study Faculty and Members 1930-1980, p. 257. Institute for Advanced Study, 1980. Accessed November 22, 2015. "Leake, Chauncey Depew 50s, 52s HS, History of Science & Medicine Born 1896 Elizabeth, NJ."
  4. ^ "Humanist Manifesto II". American Humanist Association. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  5. ^ "UCSF Medal". Office of the Chancellor. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Chauncey D. Leake Papers 1921-1976". National Library of Medicine.


  • Robinson, Victor: Victory Over Pain: A History of Anaesthesia.

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