Thursday, 8 May 2008

Tributes to Albert Hofmann [January 11, 1906 – April 29, 2008]!

Chemist Albert Hofmann has died at the age of 102 on April 30, 2008.He is credited inter ailia for the isolation of lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD in 1938 while working in Sandoz chemical company. The new substance, however, aroused no special interest in our pharmacologists and physicians; testing it further was therefore discontinued.

Five years later however he found himself in a dreamlike state and he finally confirmed that the substance was related to the lysergic acid -diethylamide tartrate he had just started working with and his dream like state might have been due to accidental absorption through his fingernails, he recorded.

He narrated the story in following way,’There seemed to be only one way of getting to the bottom of this. I decided on a self-experiment.” He took LSD hundreds of times, but regarded it as a powerful and potentially dangerous psychotropic drug that demanded respect. More important to him than the pleasures of the psychedelic experience was the drug’s value as a revelatory aid for contemplating and understanding what he saw as humanity’s oneness with nature.


Gyandutt Pandey said...

Reading about people like Albert Hofmann used to inspire me. Now it makes me somewhat sad. I wanted to be achiever like them, but now I feel that I have lost valuable decades and it is no more possible. :(

ज़ाकिर अली ‘रजनीश’ said...

हाफमैन जी के बारे में जानकाररी देने का शुक्रिया।