Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"Though logical, such acceptance or legalization of performance-enhancing aids has serious ramifications. I predict that a new subset of drugs - for which I propose the term 'lusuceuticals'...will arise. These new drugs will follow the model of commercially successful products labeled 'nutraceuticals' and 'cosmeceuticals' that have already crossed the sharply defined boundaries of standard pharmaceuticals designed to treat diseases...
But will lusu-chemists...limit themselves to much safer anabolic drugs, now that detectability will be of no concern? Or will they head into much more questionable directions, such as growth hormone analogs that will lead to 71/2-foot-tall pole vaulters or basketball players?...
Whatever we do in terms of legalizing drug abuse in athletics, we are heading in the direction of changing the Olympics from a competition of athletes to one of chemists, where the emphasis will shift abruptly from body to mind...
As a chemist, I ought to welcome such a prospect, because the mind does not deteriorate as rapidly as the body. Nevertheless, I dread such a future."
"Athletes and Steroids: Will Tomorrow's Game Involve Drug Advisers?," San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 7, 2007
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or other relevant advanced degrees, heads of professional sports leagues, and US Congress members with significant involvement in, or related to, performance enhancing drugs and sports. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Stanford University, 2002-present
Professor of Chemistry, Stanford University, 1959-2002
Chairman of the Board, Zoecon Corporation, 1983-1988
Professor of Chemistry, Wayne State University, 1952-1959
Associate Director of Chemical Research, Syntex, SA, Mexico City, 1949-1952
Received 20 honorary doctorates, the first Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the first Award for the Industrial Application of Science from the National Academy of Sciences, the Erasmus Medal of the Academia Europeae, the Perkin Medal of the Society for Chemical Industry, the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Chemists, and the American Chemical Society's Priestley Medal