Albert Hofmann

1906 - 2008

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Albert Hofmann (11 January 1906 – 29 April 2008) was a Swiss chemist known for being the first to synthesize, ingest, and learn of the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Hofmann's team also isolated, named and synthesized the principal psychedelic mushroom compounds psilocybin and psilocin. He authored more than 100 scientific articles and numerous books, including LSD: Mein Sorgenkind (LSD: My Problem Child). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Albert Hofmann has received more than 2,797,420 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Albert Hofmann is the 25th most popular chemist (down from 22nd in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 20th in 2019) and the most popular Swiss Chemist.

Albert Hofmann is most famous for discovering the psychedelic drug LSD.

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Among chemists, Albert Hofmann ranks 25 out of 602Before him are Edwin McMillan, Friedrich Wöhler, Paul Karrer, William Ramsay, Emil Fischer, and Eduard Buchner. After him are Otto Wallach, Humphry Davy, Justus von Liebig, Casimir Funk, John Howard Northrop, and Ilya Prigogine.

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Among people born in 1906, Albert Hofmann ranks 12Before him are Samuel Beckett, Puyi, Luchino Visconti, Aristotle Onassis, Kurt Gödel, and Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten. After him are Maria Goeppert Mayer, Victor Vasarely, Josephine Baker, Hassan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb, and Sergei Korolev. Among people deceased in 2008, Albert Hofmann ranks 9Before him are Edmund Hillary, Yves Saint Laurent, Suharto, Paul Newman, Samuel P. Huntington, and Chinghiz Aitmatov. After him are Irena Sendler, Charlton Heston, Arthur C. Clarke, Miriam Makeba, Mahmoud Darwish, and Hua Guofeng.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Albert Hofmann ranks 21 out of 1,015Before him are Charles Albert Gobat (1843), Johanna Spyri (1827), Francesco Borromini (1599), Charles Édouard Guillaume (1861), Johann Bernoulli (1667), and Alberto Giacometti (1901). After him are Carl Spitteler (1845), Élie Ducommun (1833), Bruno Ganz (1941), Arnold Böcklin (1827), Conrad Gessner (1516), and Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921).

Among CHEMISTS In Switzerland

Among chemists born in Switzerland, Albert Hofmann ranks 1After him are Paul Hermann Müller (1899), Richard R. Ernst (1933), Kurt Wüthrich (1938), Germain Henri Hess (1802), Jacques Dubochet (1942), Emil Abderhalden (1877), Victor Goldschmidt (1888), Nicolas Théodore de Saussure (1767), Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac (1817), Jacques-Louis Soret (1827), and Albert Eschenmoser (1925).