Albert Hofmann 1938



Albert Hofmann (b. January 11, 1906 d. April 29, 2008) was a prominent Swiss scientist at the Sandoz Laboratories, Basel (now Novartis) and is best known as the "father" of LSD. Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) was first synthesized on November 16, 1938, in the Sandoz Laboratories, and Hofmann tested LSD on himself in 1943. At left is Abby Hofmann with a model of LSD.

"I suddenly became strangely inebriated. The external world became changed as in a dream. Objects appeared to gain in relief; they assumed unusual dimensions; and colors became more glowing. Even self-perception and the sense of time were changed. When the eyes were closed, colored pictures flashed past in a quickly changing kaleidoscope. After a few hours, the not unpleasant inebriation, which had been experienced whilst I was fully conscious, disappeared. what had caused this condition?"