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Google Doodle Remembers British Chemist Sir William Henry Perkin Google Doodle celebrates the 180th birthday of Sir William Henry Perkin who accidentally invented the first synthetic dye
Terence Owen | 12 March, 2018, 17:23

He made it possible to color clothing and other materials in an economic manner.

Google Doodle is remembering British chemist Sir William Henry Perkin with a bright coloured sketch doodle on his 180th birthday. Born on March 12, 1838, in London, Perkin was an inquisitive child but his ardour for chemistry gained momentum after he stumbled upon a deteriorating laboratory at his late grandfather's home.

In 1853, 15-year-old Perkin began working with esteemed German chemist August Wilhelm von Hofmann at the Royal College of Chemistry (now Imperial College London).While carrying out experiments with quinine, a chemical that was first discovered in the bark of certain trees, Mr Perkin had accidentally discovered a way of creating a dye which could be used to colour fabrics.

Perkin was trying to find a substitute for quinine, the only viable medical treatment for malaria in 1856, as demand was exceeding supply.

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

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Google doodle on Sir William Henry Perkin. His timing was remarkable as the textile industry was at a high during that period in 1850s. "Purple clothing was very much in style, but prohibitively expensive for most, not to mention quick to fade". The Google Doodle has been designed by UK-based illustrator Sonny Ross, who has given the doodle a mauve or violet hue.

In 1856, Perkin carried out a series of experiments to manufacture quinine from aniline, an affordable and readily available coal tar waste product, working in his makeshift laboratory at his home.

Happy 180th birthday, Sir William Henry Perkin! Following his success in manufacturing, Perkin was knighted on the 50th anniversary of the discovery in 1906.

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