Father of LSD dies at 102
The Swiss chemist discovered lysergic acid diethylamide-25 in 1938 while studying the medicinal uses of a fungus found on wheat and other grains at the Sandoz pharmaceuticals firm in Basel.
He became the first human guinea pig of the drug when a tiny amount of the substance seeped onto his finger during a laboratory experiment in 1943.
“I had to leave work for home because I was suddenly hit by a sudden feeling of unease and mild dizziness,” he subsequently wrote in a memo to company bosses.
He said his initial experience resulted in “wonderful visions.”
LSD or “acid” had a tremendous impact, not only on the behavior of those who took it, but on the music and art of our generation. I liked it and have always believed it was an important if surreal part of my education .