was born in 1906.
Graduates from the University of Zurich in 1927, joins Sandoz
Pharmaceuticals as a research chemist.
Begins to study ergot, a particular type of rye fungus,
Claviceps Purpurea thought to be responsible for the extreme ecstasies and agonies of St. Vitus Dance and St. Anthony's Fire or "dry gangrene". In 1938 synthesizes the 25th derivative of lysergic acid. Tested on mice to no noticeable effect.
April 16, 1943
Hofmann repeats synthesis. Accidentally doses himself, in an historic
event now celebrated as
Describes this "an uninterrupted stream of fantastic images of
extraordinary plasticity and vividness and accompanied by an intense
kaleidoscopic play of colors."
April 19, at 4:20 p.m., Hofmann dissolves 250 micrograms of
in a glass of water. A little after 5:00, feeling
intensely strange, he decides to go home, and makes one of
the most famous bicycle rides in history. The world begins
In 1958 he isolates and synthesizes the active principles in
the hallucinogenic Mexican mushrooms: psilocybine
and psilocine. He also discovers the hallucinogenic principles
of Ololiuqui (Morning Glory), lysergic acid amide and lysergic
In the mid-70's, along with R Gordon Wasson,
Hofmann suggests that primal societies and the ancient Greeks
had discovered methods by which to isolate LSD, and other
In 1988, the
Albert Hofmann Foundation
is founded "to assemble and maintain an international library
and archive devoted to the study of human consciousness and
Author: Bonesy Jones