Fresh in the wake of the death of the father of techno, Tristram Cary, Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who discovered the now-banned hallucinogenic drug LSD that was an icon of psychedelic '60s, has died at the age of 102.
In 1938 while working on ergot, a fungus that attacks grain, Hofmann isolated the German-named "Lysergsaeure-Diaethylamid," or lysergic acid diethylamide.Put these two guys together. What a party.
Five years later, working in his lab, Hofmann spilled some synthesised LSD on his hand.
The effects were immediate: suffering from dizziness, the scientist cycled home and pedalled into his first "trip".
Hofmann later said that a wave of happiness swept over him as he recalled sensations from his childhood. He also began to hallucinate and he felt able to fly.
TRIP Albert Hofmann