Sir William Henry Perkin with his brother, Thomas Dix Perkin, c 1870-1872.
4 0 c m
 
29cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Sir William Henry Perkin with his brother, Thomas Dix Perkin, c 1870-1872.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

Portait photograph of William Henry Perkin (on the left) and his elder brother Thomas Dix Perkin (sititng on the right), who was also his partner in Perkin & Sons. From a collection of 19 photographs relating to Sir William Henry Perkin (1838-1907), his relations, and the synthetic dyestuffs industry. In 1856, whilst attempting to synthesise quinine for the treatment of malaria, Perkin 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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10419347
 

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