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Google remembers the man who discovered the synthetic dye with a doodle

12 March 2018, 04:43 | Justin Tyler

Google remembers the man who discovered the synthetic dye with a doodle

Google Honours British Chemist Sir William Henry Perkin Who Accidentally Discovered Synthetic Dye

Today marks the 180th birthday of Sir Willian Henry Perkin and apart from mauveine, he is also known for aniline dye and Perkin triangle.

Born in England on March 12th, 1838, chemist Sir William Henry Perkin accidentally discovered "mauveine", the first synthetic dye.

This was the ideal time for Perkin to have made his discovery and he went about getting his father to invest in his discovery, which caught on in Britain's booming textile industry right away.

Hence the people wearing purple in the Google Doodle, a color too expensive for most people to wear, he made accessible to nearly all.

Google Doodle on Monday honoured British chemist Sir William Henry Perkin on what would have been his 180th birthday.

Over a century after his death, Google is remembering the entrepreneur and chemist who went on to set up a factory for industrially manufacture synthetic dyes.


However, during the Easter of 1856, when Perkin returned to his home in Cable Street in the East End, his own experiments in his laboratory created something very different.

The rich purple colour Mr Perkin had stumbled across was adopted by no less than Queen Victoria herself.

Interestingly, Perkin made the discovery quite At the age of 15, Perkin joined the Royal Collage of Chemistry under the guidance of August Wilhelm von Hofmann, who had the time had published a hypothesis on how it might be possible to synthesise quinine, an expensive natural substance much in demand for the treatment of malaria.

Following his invention, Perkins quickly focused on the patenting, manufacturing and commercialisation of this purple dye.

The dye was used in more than just clothing, it was also used in the medical research industry where the dyes were used to identify anthrax and tuberculosis on a microbial and bacterial level.



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