Saul Kent

Saul Kent

Saul Kent is a prominent life extension activist, and co-founder of the Life Extension Foundation, a major dietary supplement vendor and promoter of anti-aging research. He is also a pioneer in the controversial practice of cryonics, and is a board member of the cryonics organization Alcor Life Extension Foundation (no connection to the Life Extension Foundation).

Organizational Activities

Saul Kent became a cryonics activist upon reading Robert Ettinger's book "The Prospect of Immortality" shortly after it was published in 1964. Kent helped form the New York City branch of [ Evan Cooper's] Life Extension Society (LES). Mr. Kent and others became frustrated with LES when Cooper refused to give names and addresses to the New York group of New Yorkers who had contacted Cooper. Deciding to form a new organization, a meeting took place in August 1965 that included Saul Kent, a lawyer named Curtis Henderson and an industrial designer named Karl Werner .

At the meeting, Karl Werner coined the word "cryonics", and the new organization was called the Cryonics Society of New York (CSNY). In 1966 CSNY began publishing CRYONICS REPORTS, with Saul Kent as its editor.

From the mid 1960s to 1980, Saul Kent wrote articles and books, directed conferences, and was interviewed by the media about the possibility of the extending the healthy human lifespan and the scientific research that supports this possibility. During that period, he had two books published: "Future Sex" (Warner, 1974) (ASIN B0006W5IRC) and "The Life-Extension Revolution" (Morrow, 1980) (ISBN 0-688-01952-8). His third book, "Your Personal Life Extension Program", was published in 1985 (Morrow) (ISBN 0-688-00629-9).

In 1980, Kent started the Life Extension Foundation, a membership organization that informs people about the latest advances in the life extension sciences, sells dietary supplements, and funds life extension research by offering grants to scientists in universities and by supporting startup biotech companies. Mr. Kent is also involved in a project called Timeship, which involves building a unique facility designed by architect Stephen Valentine to house companies conducting research in the life extension and reanimation sciences and provide long-term care for cryopreserved humans.

In 2000, Kent appeared on documentary filmmaker Errol Morris' television series "First Person", where he discussed in depth his beliefs and motivations, as well as the investigation into the cryopreservation of his own mother's head so her brain could be restored at a later date.

See also

* Alcor Life Extension Foundation
* Cryonics
* Life extension
* Life Extension Foundation
* Twenty-First Century Medicine

External links

* [ Alcor Life Extension Foundation]
* [ BioMarker Pharmaceuticals]
* [ Life Extension Foundation]
* [ Suspended Animation]
* [ Timeship]

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