Born: Jan 11, 1906 · Baden, Switzerland
Died: Apr 29, 2008 · Burg im Leimental, Switzerland
Inventions: Lysergic acid diethylamide
Education: University of ZurichHighlights
- 1938: While researching lysergic acid derivatives, Hofmann first synthesized LSD on 16 November 1938.
- 1958: He first synthesized 4-AcO-DET in 1958 in the Sandoz lab.
- 1969: The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) honored him with the title D.Sc. (honoris causa) in 1969 together with Gustav Guanella, his brother-in-law.
- 1971: In 1971 the Swedish Pharmaceutical Association (Sveriges Farmacevtförbund) granted him the Scheele Award, which commemorates the skills and achievements of the Swedish Pomeranian chemist and pharmacist Carl Wilhelm Scheele.
- 1971: After retiring from Sandoz in 1971, Hofmann was allowed to take his papers and research home.
- 2008: Hofmann died of a heart attack on 29 April 2008, surrounded by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Albert Hofmann, Lugano, Switzerland, at the 50th Anniversary of LSD Conference sponsored by Sandoz Pharmaceuticals and the Swiss Psycholitic Association of Analysts
(1943) Scientist Albert Hofmann takes history’s first LSD trip.
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