Dr. Albert Hofmann, the inventor of LSD, 100th birthday party speech

Captured during the Spirit of Basel (Switzerland) in 2006, Dr. Albert Hofmann gives an inspirational speech on his 100th birthday.

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Best known for his work on LSD, he was the first one to synthesize, ingest and learn of its psychedelic effects. In the mid-1950s, LSD-research was being published in medical and academic journals all over the world. It showed potential benefits in the treatment of alcoholism, drug addiction, and other mental illnesses.

In 2007 he was ranked a shared first place, alongside Tim Berners-Lee, in The Telegraph’s list of 100 greatest living geniuses.

Sadly enough, he passed away at the age of 102 on April 29, 2008.

If you want to learn more about Albert Hofmann, make sure to check out the documentary about his life and his discovery that would change the world forever: Hofmann’s Potion.  The film explores the potential benefits of LSD, and the researchers who explored them.