Albert Hofmann

Albert Hofmann


Albert Hofmann who was a Swiss scientist known best for being the first person to synthesize, ingest born on 11 January 1906, In Switzerland.

Family Background:

He was the son of Adolf Hofmann and Elisabeth Schenk. His father was poor toolmaker in Factory. He was the eldest of four children. They lived in a rented apartment.

Personal Life:

Albert Hofmann had been married to Anita and the couple had four children. Anita died in 2007 and one of his children also predeceased him.


He had studied chemistry at Zurich University, his main interest was the chemistry of plants and animals. At 23, He earned his Ph.D. with honors.


He first manufactured LSD on November 16, 1938, with an aim to get a respiratory and circulatory stimulant. The research had been set aside for five years. On April 19, 1943, He had voluntarily swallowed a dose of LSD and rode his bicycle home as the effects of the drug engulfed him. That day had been remembered by LSD enthusiasts as ‘bicycle day’. In 1958, Hofmann had learned ‘ethacetin’, which is an ‘Intoxicating Tryptamine’. He had become director of the natural products department at Sandoz Laboratories. He had remained to study hallucinogenic substances found in Mexican mushrooms and other plants. He had offered ‘psilocybin’, the active agent of many ‘magic mushrooms’. Hofmann had also produced other important drugs like ‘methergine’, for treating postpartum hemorrhaging, which was the leading cause of death from childbirth. In 1963, He had visited the annual convention of the ‘World Academy of Arts and Sciences’ (WAAS) in Stockholm. He had stayed with Sandoz Laboratories as head of the research section for natural medicines till he retired in 1971. He had given a speech at the 1996 Worlds of Consciousness Conference in Heidelberg, Germany.

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

Unknown Facts:

  • Albert Hofmann had written numerous books in the science and medical field.

Master Stroke:

  • He had been the first person to produce, consume, and know the mind-altering effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 199, He had received the title D.Sc from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
  • In 1971, the Swedish Pharmaceutical Association had given him the Scheele Award. It’s an award which commemorates the actions of Carl Wilhelm Scheele, The Swedish Pomeranian chemist, and pharmacist.

What can we learn from Him??

Like Albert Hofmann, Do your work faithfully. Believe in yourself. Never listen to other’s talk.

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