Albert Hofmann, who first synthesized Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), has passed away. He was 102 years-old.
"I believe that if people would learn to use LSD's vision-inducing capability more wisely, under suitable conditions, in medical practice and in conjunction with meditation, then in the future this problem child could become a wonderchild." -- Albert Hofmann (1906-2008) Link
to Wikipedia article, Link
to Hoffman.org (Thanks, Wayne de Geere III!)
UPDATE: News of Hofmann's death may have been greatly exaggerated. But boy, that's sure a great quote and we're happy Dr. Hofmann still seems to be riding his mental bike around Switzerland.
Over at The Stranger's blog, Dominic Holden says that the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
has confirmed Hofmann's death. Link (Thanks, NaFun!)
The fine folks at Erowid have also confirmed. Apparently, Hofmann died this morning of a heart attack. Link
And an obituary from The Telegraph. Link
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