(Jan 11, 1906-Apr 29, 2008)
Originally published in Erowid Extracts
Citation: Erowid. "In Memoriam: Albert Hofmann". Erowid Extracts. Jun 2008; 14:21.
Despite his near-hero status among the psychedelic counterculture, it was surprising how much attention was given to his death by mainstream media outlets. The front pages of major news websites including CNN, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and others, ensured his passing was widely known. For a short time, it was the most emailed news story on Yahoo! News. That the inventor and lifelong supporter of LSD lived healthily and prosperously to 102 serves to help discredit the worst myths about his problem child more than dozens of scientific studies ever could.
It was an honor to have met and visited with Albert, an amazingly sharp and capable man. We appreciate the scintillating shades of grey he contributed to the controversial discourse about LSD. May his most hopeful dreams be realized.