Chauncey D. Leake

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Chauncey Depew Leake
Born (1896-09-05)September 5, 1896
Died January 11, 1978(1978-01-11) (aged 81)
Fields Pharmacology

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]

Leake discovered the anaesthetic divinyl ether and provided a translation of De motu cordis after being treated by the ophthalmologist Carl Koller.

In 1973 Leake was one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto II.[3]

A collection of his papers is held at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. [4]


  1. ^ Chauncey D. Leake (1976). "How I Am". Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology 16: 1–16. doi:10.1146/ 
  2. ^ Register of the Chauncey DePew Leake papers, 1912-1978 (Online Archives of California)
  3. ^ "Humanist Manifesto II". American Humanist Association. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Chauncey D. Leake Papers 1921-1976". National Library of Medicine. 


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

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