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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 2,651,616 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia. Albert Hofmann is the 22nd most popular chemist, the 20th most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 17th 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 509Before him are Wilhelm Ostwald, Friedrich Wöhler, Otto Hahn, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, Humphry Davy, and Emil Fischer. After him are Edwin McMillan, Henri Moissan, Alfred Werner, Eduard Buchner, Otto Wallach, and Justus von Liebig.

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Among people born in 1906, Albert Hofmann ranks 15Before him are Josephine Baker, Aristotle Onassis, Kurt Gödel, Ilse Koch, Billy Wilder, and Roberto Rossellini. After him are Victor Vasarely, Sergei Korolev, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Emmanuel Levinas, and Sayyid Qutb. Among people deceased in 2008, Albert Hofmann ranks 12Before him are Chinghiz Aitmatov, Arthur C. Clarke, Irena Sendler, Suharto, Samuel P. Huntington, and Charlton Heston. After him are Hua Guofeng, Sydney Pollack, Jørn Utzon, Harold Pinter, Richard Widmark, and Miriam Makeba.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Albert Hofmann ranks 20 out of 876Before him are Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1945), Johanna Spyri (1827), Francesco Borromini (1599), Alberto Giacometti (1901), Johann Bernoulli (1667), and Charles Albert Gobat (1843). After him are Ursula Andress (1936), Carl Spitteler (1845), Bruno Ganz (1941), Élie Ducommun (1833), Arnold Böcklin (1827), and Jacob Burckhardt (1818).

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), Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac (1817), Nicolas Théodore de Saussure (1767), Jacques-Louis Soret (1827), and Marc Delafontaine (1838).