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Albert Hofman Dies at Age 102

Albert HofmannSwiss chemist Albert Hofmann, inventor of lysergic acid diethylamide 25, otherwise known as LSD or acid, died yesterday, April 29th 2008, at the age of 102.

Hofmann first synthesized the drug in 1938 as a part of an experiment to develop various blood thinners for the Swiss pharmaceutical company Sandoz. But it wasn’t until April 16th 1943 when Hofmann accidentally absorbed a small quantity of the substance through his skin that he realized the chemical had hallucinogenic effects. A few days later Hofmann purposely dosed himself with the drug which resulted in an intense psychedelic experience which Hofmann has recounted in his “Bicycle Day” paper.

Hofmann realized the psychological potential of the drug, and began researching the application of LSD as well as other hallucinogenic drugs such as psilocybin.

The discovery of lysergic acid diethylamide is arguably one of the most important discoveries of the modern age. The drug’s impact on science and culture is widespread. It was very prevalent in the 1960’s counter culture, and it’s influence is visible in the music and art that was created during that time. It’s influence is also prevalent in advertising and pop culture even to this day.

Albert Hofmann was an incredibly interesting and important person who will be greatly missed.

Read more about Hofmann and the discovery of LSD.

LSD Inventor Albert Hofmann Dead at Age 102

Albert Hofmann [wikipedia]

LSD – My Problem Child

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