Bye, Albert

Albert Hofman, the scientist who synthesized lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in 1938 and then tripped on it 19 April 1943, died. The basic-science chemist who was searching for drugs that had medical benefits (e.g., stopping bleeding after childbirth or mitigating migraine headaches) figured out how to create derivatives of lysergic acid called amides and the 25th one he found, he later learned, had hallucinogenic properties. Interestingly, it took 20+ years for his discoveries to actually turn world around…and they did. Hunh? What? Where? See the obits in the Telegraph and the LA Times


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