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Google Doodle pays tribute to Sir William Henry Perkin who accidentally discovered synthetic dye

Born in London's East End on March 12, 1838, Perkin is credited with discovering synthetic dye at a young age of 18.

Edited by: India TV Buzz Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: March 12, 2018 12:35 IST ]
Google doodlePhoto:ANI

Google paid tribute to British chemist Sir William Henry Perkin with a doodle on what would have been his 180th birthday. SIR William Henry Perkin may not be a name many people have heard of - but the significance of his work lives on to this very day.

Born in London's East End on March 12, 1838, Perkin is credited with discovering synthetic dye at a young age of 18.

"As an 18-year-old laboratory assistant, Perkin was cleaning out dark muck from a beaker after a failed experiment, when he noticed that the substance left a vivid purple stain when diluted with alcohol. Following his discovery, he focused on the patenting, manufacturing, and commercialisation of this purple dye, which he named mauveine," Google wrote in its blog post.

He was even knighted in 1906, on the 50th anniversary of his serendipitous discovery.

"Wealthy and successful from his stint in manufacturing, Perkin eventually returned to laboratory research," it added.

The doodle is designed by UK-based illustrator Sonny Ross.

Perkin passed away in 1907 after suffering from pneumonia and is buried in Harrow. All three of his sons followed in his footsteps and became chemists.

(with ANI inputs)

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