Most of you will know of Albert Hofmann, the Swiss scientist who accidentally discovered – and became a great proponent of – LSD. The Wall Street Journal reports that Hofmann’s research papers, shunned by drug company he worked for, Sandoz, are now under the care of a dairy farmer and are at risk:
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BERN, Switzerland—Albert Hofmann realized he had invented LSD after a vivid experiment in 1943. The Swiss chemist retired a few decades later, and his personal archive began a long, strange trip that ended at a quiet institute in this leafy city—where it is looked after by a part-time dairy farmer.
Beat Bäche, who is writing a book about hallucinogen-producing fungus when he isn’t milking cows at a farm where he works, curates Dr. Hofmann’s papers. That is because Mr. Bäche is nearly the only person to use the archive since it arrived at Bern’s Institute of Medical History in 2013.