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Albert Hofmann

The First Person to Synthesize LSD
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Net worth 2018: $2 Million
Industry: Scientists
Residence: Baden
Country: Swiss
BirthDay: 11 January 1906
Sigh: Aquarius
Died On: April 29, 2008
Education: University of Zurich

Albert Hofmann was bornon 11 January 1906 in Baden, Swiss, is The First Person to Synthesize LSD. Albert Hofmann was a Swiss scientist who was intrigued by nature. This led him to a career in chemistry in which he sought answers to his uncertainties. He worked at Sandoz Laboratories where he nurtured his research work, and there he made a lot of success working with various plants and converting them into something useful. He became famous when he became the first person to produce lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). In addition, he was also the first person to taste it and learn about its hallucinogenic effects. He was deeply connected to the nature and argued that LSD, besides being useful for psychiatry, could also be used to promote awareness of mankind’s place in nature. However, he was disappointed that his discovery was being carelessly used as a drug for entertainment. Because of his discovery, LSD fans have fondly called him ‘The Father of LSD.’ Besides carrying out his scientific experiments, he also authored numerous books and more than 100 scientific articles. In 2007, he featured in a list of the 100 greatest living geniuses, published by The Telegraph newspaper.


He died on April 29, 2008, at the age of 102, due to a heart attack


His wife died in 2007 and one of his children also predeceased him


He delivered a speech at the 1996 Worlds of Consciousness Conference in Heidelberg, Germany


He stayed with Sandoz Laboratories as head of the research department for natural medicines until he retired in 1971


In 1963, he attended the annual convention of the ‘World Academy of Arts and Sciences’ (WAAS) in Stockholm


In 1962, he and his wife Anita Hofmann went to Mexico to search for the plant ‘Ska Maria Pastora’ to identify its active compound


”In 1958, Hofmann discovered ‘ethacetin’, which is an 'intoxicating tryptamine


On April 19, 1943, he deliberately swallowed a dose of LSD and rode his bicycle home as the effects of the drug engulfed him


He first synthesized LSD on November 16, 1938 with an aim to obtain a respiratory and circulatory stimulant


Albert Hofmann was born in Baden, Switzerland, on January 11, 1906

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