Final Trip for LSD Creator

Chemist Albert Hofmann dies at 102
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2008 2:40 AM CDT
LSD, created by Albert Hofmann, became one of the foundations of 60s drug culture.   (Magnum Photos)
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(Newser) – The Swiss scientist who formulated LSD and unwittingly helped lay the foundation of  '60s drug culture has died of a heart attack at the age of 102. Albert Hofmann, who called LSD his "problem child," discovered its hallucinatory properties while working on heart stimulants, reports the Washington Post. He believed laws eventually banning the drug halted important research into its potential use as a treatment for schizophrenia.

"I was not surprised that it became a ritual drug in the youth anti-establishment movement, but I was shocked by irresponsible use that resulted in mental catastrophes," he said in an interview. "That's what gave the health authorities a pretext for totally prohibiting its production, possession and use."