18 Facts About Albert Hofmann


Albert Hofmann was a Swiss chemist known for being the first to synthesize, ingest, and learn of the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide.


Albert Hofmann authored more than 100 scientific articles and numerous books, including LSD: Mein Sorgenkind.


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


Albert Hofmann was the first of four children to factory toolmaker Adolf Hofmann and Elisabeth and was baptized Protestant.


When his father became ill, Albert Hofmann obtained a position as a commercial apprentice in concurrence with his studies.


At age 20, Albert Hofmann began his chemistry degree at the University of Zurich, finishing three years later, in 1929.


Albert Hofmann began studying the medicinal plant and the fungus ergot as part of a program to purify and synthesize active constituents for use as pharmaceuticals.


Three days later, on 19 April 1943, Albert Hofmann intentionally ingested 250 micrograms of LSD, which he thought would represent a prudently safe, small amount, but was in fact a significantly powerful dose.


Albert Hofmann continued to take small doses of LSD throughout his life, and always hoped to find a use for it.


Albert Hofmann first synthesized 4-AcO-DET in 1958 in the Sandoz lab.


Albert Hofmann became director of Sandoz's natural products department and continued studying hallucinogenic substances found in Mexican mushrooms and other plants used by aboriginal people there.


Albert Hofmann became interested in the seeds of the Mexican morning glory species, called by natives.


Albert Hofmann was surprised to find the active compound of, ergine, to be closely related to LSD.


Albert Hofmann was able to obtain samples of it, but never succeeded in identifying its active compound, which has since been identified as salvinorin A In 1963, Hofmann attended the annual convention of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences in Stockholm.


Albert Hofmann conceded that it could be dangerous if misused, because a relatively high dose of 500 micrograms has an extremely powerful psychoactive effect, especially if administered to a first-time user without adequate supervision.


Albert Hofmann was a longtime friend and correspondent of German author and entomologist Ernst Junger, whom he met in 1949.


Albert Hofmann gave his archives to the Albert Hofmann Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, but the documents mostly sat in storage for years.


Albert Hofmann died at the age of 102 from a heart attack, on 29 April, 2008, in Switzerland.