Know your chemistry Hof(f)man(n)s!

August Wilhelm von Hofmann (1818 –1892) was a German chemist who is the author of the Hofmann degradation reaction.

German chemist Felix Hoffmann (1868–1946) synthesized two drugs: aspirin, one of the most widely beneficial drugs ever, and heroin, one of the most harmful of illegal substances.

Albert Hofmann (1906 – 2008) became famous for being the first person to synthesize, ingest, and decribe the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) while working in the Sandoz company in Basel, Switzerland.

Klaus Hofmann (1911– 1995)
Science was his greatest joy and he practiced it with wisdom, intuition and uncompromising honesty. His life was rich with experiences and knowledge that he shared willingly, in his unique style, with those who were fortunate enough to have been his students.

Darleane Hoffman (b. 1926) has chased some of the most elusive forms of matter—the heavy elements  over the course of her career.

Roald Hoffmann (born in Poland, 1937) is a theoretical chemist who won the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his theories concerning the course of chemical reactions. He currently teaches at Cornell University in New York. He is also an accomplished poet and playwright.


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