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Peter N. Witt, 80, a scientist
Widely known for his research with spiders and psychedelic drugs who had served as executive director of the North Carolina Foundation of Mental Health Research and research director of state’s Mental Health Department, died Sept. 15 in Raleigh, N.C. The cause of death was not reported.
Dr. Witt, who was born in Berlin, was living in Switzerland after World War II when Life magazine reported his work involving spiders. He had discovered that psychoactive drugs such as LSD, psilo L- ybin and marijl!ana caused changes in the webs of a particular :irachnid. the orb spider.
His work received much attention. and some experiments were conducted by NASA in the Skylab space station in the early 1970s, but its promise for advancing the understanding of human brain chemistry remained unfulfilled.