Sir William Henry Perkin, English chemist, late 19th century.

 
Sir William Henry Perkin, English chemist, late 19th century.
4 0 c m
 
36cm
actual image size: 28cm x 32cm

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In 1856, whilst attempting to synthesise quinine for the treatment of malaria, Perkin (1838-1907) managed to extract a brilliant purple dye, subsequently named mauveine. His manufacture of this and other aniline dyes was a great commercial succes and he went on to create the modern synthetic dyestuffs industry and introduce a new range of colours into human life. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1866 and knighted in 1906.

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