Interesting people from Aargau
Doris Leuthard, born on 10 April 1963, was elected a Federal Councillor on 14 June 2006 and took over as Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications. On 2 December 2009 she was elected President of the Swiss Confederation for a one-year term, taking office with effect from 1 January 2010. She read law at Zurich University and obtained a licence to practise as an attorney-at-law in the Canton of Aargau in 1991.
From 1993 to 2000, she served on Muri School Board. Parallel to this, from 1996 - 1997, she was a member of the Tenancy Law Conciliation Authorities. She then became a deputy to the Grosser Rat of Aargau from 1997 to 2000. In 1999 she was elected to the National Council and became a member of the Economic and Revenue Commission and the Legal Affairs Commission. In 2001 she became Vice-Chair of the Christian Democratic People's Party of Switzerland (PDC).
Albert Hofmann was born in Baden on 11 January 1906 and died on 29 April 2008. He was a chemist, known especially for his discovery of LSD. In 2001 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Geneva.
In 1925 he started to study chemistry at Zurich University and obtained his doctorate four years later, with honours. Also interested in biology and zoology, he carried out research into chitin, one of the substances making up the exoskeletons of crustaceans and insects. He then spent over 40 years working for the Sandoz Corporation in Basel, until his retirement in 1971. In 1943 he discovered the hallucinogenic effects of LSD.
Sabine Boss, born in 1966, is a producer and author. On leaving school, she worked as a chat show host on Zurich's alternative local radio station from 1986. From 1992 to 1996, she attended Zurich University of the Arts, where she studied various aspects of cinema, such as video art and screenplay. From 1996 to 1999, she was Assistant Director of the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, Germany.
Samuel Rudolf Fisch
Samuel Rudolf Fisch, who was born in Aarau on 19 November 1856 and died on 2 December 1946, was a doctor and a missionary. In 1875 he joined the Basel Mission, where he trained as a missionary. In 1880 he began studying medicine at Basel University, where he graduated in 1884 with a thesis on ophthalmology. From 1885 to 1911, he worked as a missionary in the Gold Coast (present-day Ghana), then a British crown colony. There he fought hard against malaria, by promoting better hygienic practices, and also against alcoholism. In 1990 he opened the first hospital in the country.