He was a speaker at such venues as the Smithsonian, Harvard University, Salk Institute, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, the European Union's Ministers of Culture, and the Conference on World Affairs. In 1999, he was a contributor to Academic Press' Encyclopedia of Creativity, edited by Mark Runco and Steven Pritzker.
A native of Detroit, Leonard Shlain graduated from high school at the age of 15. He earned an MD at the age of 23 from Wayne State University School of Medicine, having already attended University of Michigan. He served in the US Army, as base doctor at Saumur, France. Prior to his internship at UCSF's Mount Zion hospital he served for a short time at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.
A resident of Mill Valley, California, Shlain was married to Ina Gyemant. He had three children with Carole Lewis Jaffe:
- Kimberly Brooks (who is married to actor/comedian Albert Brooks)
- Dr. Jordan L. Shlain, M.D. 
- Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards
Shlain died following a two-year battle with brain cancer, aged 71, on May 11, 2009. His daughter Tiffany directed a film Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology (2011), which is partly a portrait of her father, to be released in September 2011.[dated info]
- Art and Physics
- The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image
- Sex, Time and Power
- Stannard, Matthew B. (May 13, 2009). "Dr. Leonard Shlain - surgeon, inventor, author". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
- Maugh, Thomas H., II (May 18, 2009). "Dr. Leonard Shlain dies at 71; best-selling author and pioneer of laparoscopic surgery". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 19, 2009.
- Mark A. Runco and Steven R. Pritzker, ed. (1999). Encyclopedia of creativity, Volume 1. Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-12-227076-5.
- I served in the US Army in Saumur , France, with Dr. Leonard Shlain; Lowell McFarland
- Audio interview with Leonard Shlain
- Leonard Shlain biodata
- Leonard Shlain biodata in Science News article
- Interview with Leonard Shlain on what the alphabet engenders
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