Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist credited with first synthesizing LSD, died this morning of a heart attack at the age of 102 (Update: four years ago, in 2008. - Thanks Brose). During his work at Sandoz Pharmaceutical in Basel, Switzerland, Hofmann earned the title "the father of LSD" in 1938 when he first derived LSD-25. He was also the first person to ever drop acid after accidentally ingesting some April 16, 1943. He went on to publish a number of research projects, including his findings on LSD as well as isolate psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) for the first time in 1958 before retiring from Sandoz in 1971 as Director of Research for the Department of Natural Products. The potent psychoactive compound went on to become a cornerstone of the '60s Counter Culture movement. [Erowid via Boing Boing]