Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who discovered the hallucinogenic drug LSD, has died aged 102.

Born on January 11 1906, Hofmann discovered LSD – lysergic acid diethylamide, which later became the favoured drug of the 1960s counterculture – when a tiny quantity leaked on to his hand during a laboratory experiment in 1943.

He noted a “remarkable restlessness, combined with slight dizziness” that made him stop his work. “At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant intoxication-like condition, characterised by an extremely stimulated imagination,” Hofmann wrote in his book LSD: My Problem Child…

A few days later, Hofmann intentionally took a dose of LSD and experienced the world’s first “bad trip”…

The former Harvard lecturer Timothy Leary popularised LSD with his “turn on, tune in, drop out” advice in the 1960s. But Hofmann believed the substance was hijacked and abused by the hippy movement, while he maintained that he produced it as a medicine.

Hofmann is survived by a son and daughter – fourteen multicoloured dragons and butter that breathes.




  1. GetSmart says:

    Timothy Leary’s dead.
    No, no, no, he’s outside,
    looking in…

  2. Mister Mustard says:

    RIP, dude. You gave us a lot of fun in the sixties…

  3. Mr. Gawd Almighty says:

    It’s the butter that worries me.

  4. Lou says:

    The last trip was a bummer trip for Albert.

  5. Said says:

    I’d like to personally think this gentleman for helping me through my formative years, but of course, he’s dead.

    Never had a bad trip!

  6. Steve S says:

    “has died aged 102”
    102! Holy Cr*p! Where can I get some of this so-called “LSD” drug that magically extends your life past 100!

  7. william parsons says:

    LSD founder has taken his final Trip, “Hey Hoffman, hope from the Other side you can send me a Twit.”

  8. Matt Y says:

    “Hofmann is survived by a son and daughter – fourteen multicoloured dragons and butter that breathes.”

    Funniest thing I have read online in a year.

  9. Said says:

    BTW, where are those flashbacks? I’m pissed.

  10. McCullough says:

    #8. Ditto, LOL!

  11. Rich says:

    Thank you for that last line- I laughed out loud.

  12. Hippie Slayer says:

    Count LSD as one of many things that the hippy leftists of the 60’s hijacked and ruined. Liberalism is a mental disorder!

    Operation Chaos! 🙂


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