Albert Hofmann

1906 - 2008

Albert Hofmann

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 1,761,001 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 19th most popular chemist.

Memorability Metrics

  • 1.8M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 71.96

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 59

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.13

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.26

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Albert Hofmanns by language


Among chemists, Albert Hofmann ranks 19 out of 473Before him are Jöns Jacob Berzelius, Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Valery Legasov, Otto Hahn, and Wilhelm Ostwald. After him are Humphry Davy, Emil Fischer, Friedrich Wöhler, Justus von Liebig, Edwin McMillan, and William Ramsay.

Most Popular Chemists in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1906, Albert Hofmann ranks 11Before him are Samuel Beckett, Puyi, Aristotle Onassis, Luchino Visconti, Grace Hopper, and Kurt Gödel. After him are Henri Charrière, Sergei Korolev, Josephine Baker, Roberto Rossellini, Maria Goeppert Mayer, and Faisal of Saudi Arabia. Among people deceased in 2008, Albert Hofmann ranks 7Before him are Yves Saint Laurent, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Edmund Hillary, Paul Newman, Bobby Fischer, and Arthur C. Clarke. After him are Irena Sendler, Charlton Heston, Suharto, Samuel P. Huntington, Chinghiz Aitmatov, and Hua Guofeng.

Others Born in 1906

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 2008

Go to all Rankings

In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Albert Hofmann ranks 15 out of 540Before him are Huldrych Zwingli (1484), Sepp Blatter (1936), Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746), Ferdinand de Saussure (1857), Jean-Paul Marat (1743), and Bruno Ganz (1941). After him are Francesco Borromini (1599), Johann Bernoulli (1667), Johanna Spyri (1827), Charles Édouard Guillaume (1861), Albert I of Germany (1255), and Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1945).

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), Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac (1817), Victor Goldschmidt (1888), Nicolas Théodore de Saussure (1767), and Jacques-Louis Soret (1827).