Google Doodle Remembers British Chemist Sir William Henry Perkin

Google Doodle Remembers British Chemist Sir William Henry Perkin

Google Doodle Remembers British Chemist Sir William Henry Perkin

The doodle was in celebration of what would have been his 180th birthday.

Google Doodle is remembering British chemist Sir William Henry Perkin with a bright coloured sketch doodle on his 180th birthday. The secondary color, which is made by mixing red and blue, is popular among cartoon characters, clothing and logos, partly thanks to its association with characteristics including leadership, royalty and courage.

He was born in London on March 12, 1838 and passed at the age of 69 in London on July 14, 1907.

Google's Doodle features Perkin, dressed in shades of purple in front of a crowd of people dressed in similarly vivid colors. It was there that Perkin started trying to synthesise quinine which was used for the treatment of malaria. When Sir William Henry Perkin was 18 years old and worked as a laboratory assistant, he was cleaning out dark muck from a beaker after a failed experiment. Being at the peak of post-industrial revolution, Perkin's discovery happened to be at the appropriate time.

After finding that the substance could dye silk permanently without washing out, they called their new chemical discovery mauveine and after sending a sample to a dye works in Perth, Perkin filed for a patent on it when he was still just 18.

Until the mid-1800s, purple clothing was hard to come by and restricted only to those who could afford the expensive fabrics.

The Perkin Medal was established in 1906 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of mauveine.

Perkins' discovery of strong and low-priced purple dye sparked a violet fashion frenzy - as illustrated in today's Google Doodle created by the artist Sonny Ross. Even Queen Victoria wore a mauveine-dyed gown at the Royal Exhibition of 1862.

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

Although he was a chemist, William Henry Perkins' lasting discovery had a lot less to do with science, and a lot more to do with fashion.

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