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Albert Hofmann (11 January 1906 - 29 April 2008) was a Swiss scientist. He invented Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Hofmann wrote more than 100 scientific articles and a number of books.

Life

Hofmann was born in Baden, Switzerland. He studied chemistry at the University of Z├╝rich. His main interest was the chemistry of plants and animals, and he studied about the chemical structure of the common animal substance chitin. Hofmann worked at the pharmaceutical-chemical department of Sandoz Laboratories in Basel.

Five years after its first synthesis, he discovered by accident the psychedelic effects of LSD.

He had a heart attack in his home in Burg im Leimental on April 29, 2008, and died at the age of 102.

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