Albert Hofmann, Father Of LSD, Passed Away

May 1, 2008


Albert Hofmann, the father of LSD (that awesome stuff that makes the walls melt and/or talk to you), has died of a heart attack at age 102.

Albert Hofmann (January 11, 1906 - April 29, 2008) was a Swiss scientist best known for having been the first to synthesize, ingest and communicate the strong hallucinogenic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Hofmann authored more than 100 scientific articles and wrote a number of books, including LSD: My Problem Child. On January 11, 2006, Hofmann became a centenarian, and the occasion of his 100th birthday was the focus of an international symposium on LSD.

That's a picture of him there at age 100, looking healthy and zany as ever. Which proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that acid is, in fact, the fountain of youth.*

* This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. It has, however, been evaluated by me tripping balls and going to the rollerskating rink. Which was great -- I talked to my skates for over an hour. Good people.


Thanks to Kathryn, who's a real trip to be around, for the tip

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