Known as the father of the LSD and the modern psychadelic experience, Albert Hoffman passed away Tuesday at his home in Burg im Leimental, Switzerland. He was 102 years old. His efforts chemically influenced not only a social movement in 1960’s but millions of people for decades to follow.
The Swiss chemist discovered lysergic acid diethylamide-25 in 1938 while studying the medicinal uses of a fungus found on wheat and other grains at the Sandoz Pharmaceuticals firm in Basel. He became the first human guinea pig of the drug when a tiny amount of the substance seeped onto his finger during a laboratory experiment on April 16, 1943. The rest is now history.