Dr. Albert Hoffman (1906-2008), a Swiss scientist, was the first person to experiment personally and learn of the psychedelic effects of LSD. He was employed at Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, conducting his research in the pharmaceutical-chemical department.
He campaigned throughout his life for LSD's use in psychiatry. He felt that the drug had been misused by the countercultural generation of the 1960s. Eventually, the Swiss government allowed for trial use of the drug with patients suffering from terminal cancer and similar conditions.
Dr. Hoffman died in 2008, aged 102.