Sir William Henry Perkin, English chemist, late 19th century.
3 5 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

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

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Photograph of William Henry Perkin seated in his study in Sudbury, Derbyshire. 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 (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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