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]

At age 10, Leake was treated by the ophthalmologist Karl Koller.

Leake discovered the anaesthetic 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.[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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