Albert Hofmann

1906 - 2008

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Albert Hofmann (11 January 1906 – 29 April 2008) was a Swiss chemist known best for being the first known person to synthesize, ingest, and learn of the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Hofmann was also the first person to isolate, synthesize, and name 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 2,031,198 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Albert Hofmann is the 22nd most popular chemist (down from 19th in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 15th 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 22 out of 510Before him are Friedrich Wöhler, Wilhelm Ostwald, Otto Hahn, Humphry Davy, Julius Lothar Meyer, and Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac. After him are Emil Fischer, Justus von Liebig, Valery Legasov, William Ramsay, Eduard Buchner, and Edwin McMillan.

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Among people born in 1906, Albert Hofmann ranks 13Before him are Aristotle Onassis, Grace Hopper, Luchino Visconti, Kurt Gödel, Henri Charrière, and Victor Vasarely. After him are Billy Wilder, Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Ilse Koch, Roberto Rossellini, Sergei Korolev, and Josephine Baker. Among people deceased in 2008, Albert Hofmann ranks 10Before him are Edmund Hillary, Paul Newman, Bobby Fischer, Arthur C. Clarke, Charlton Heston, and Suharto. After him are Samuel P. Huntington, Chinghiz Aitmatov, Hua Guofeng, Jørn Utzon, Sydney Pollack, and Harold Pinter.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Albert Hofmann ranks 17 out of 749Before him are Jean-Paul Marat (1743), Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746), Sepp Blatter (1936), Alberto Giacometti (1901), Francesco Borromini (1599), and Johanna Spyri (1827). After him are Johann Bernoulli (1667), Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1945), Bruno Ganz (1941), Carl Spitteler (1845), Jacob Burckhardt (1818), and Arnold Böcklin (1827).

Among CHEMISTS In Switzerland

Among chemists born in Switzerland, Albert Hofmann ranks 1After him are Paul Hermann Müller (1899), Kurt Wüthrich (1938), Richard R. Ernst (1933), Germain Henri Hess (1802), Emil Abderhalden (1877), Jacques Dubochet (1942), Victor Goldschmidt (1888), Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac (1817), Nicolas Théodore de Saussure (1767), Jacques-Louis Soret (1827), and Marc Delafontaine (1838).