Thursday, May 1, 2008

RIP Albert Hofmann


Albert Hofmann, father of LSD, dies

GENEVA - Albert Hofmann, the father of the mind-altering drug LSD whose medical discovery inspired - and arguably corrupted - millions in the 1960s hippie generation, has died. He was 102.

Mr. Hofmann died yesterday at his home in Burg im Leimental, said Doris Stuker, a municipal clerk in the village near Basel where Mr. Hofmann moved following his retirement in 1971.

For decades after LSD was banned in the late 1960s, Hofmann defended his invention.

"I produced the substance as a medicine. … It's not my fault if people abused it," he once said.

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Incidentally Bicycle Day just past (4.16) commemorating the first ever intentional dose of LSD by Hofmann. 102's not bad for a doser.

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