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Anton Kollisch

Anton Köllisch (1888-1916) was the German chemist who, whilst working at Darmstadt for pharmaceutical giant Merck, first synthesized the chemical MDMA that would later come to be known as ecstasy.

A patent was filed for the drug on Christmas Eve 1912, and was granted on June 16 1914. Köllisch, however, died as a soldier in the World War I in September 1916 with no idea of the impact his synthesis would have.


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  • Adam, David. Truth about ecstacy's unlikely trip from lab to dance floor: Pharmaceutical company unravels drug's chequered past, Guardian Unlimited, 2006-08-18.
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