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Google honours British chemist Perkin with sketch doodle on his 180th birthday
The search engine and tech giant Google has honoured the British chemist Sir William Henry Perkin with a colourful sketch doodle on his 180th birthday. Perkin has been remembered for his discovery of first aniline dye, the colour of which was adopted by the British royalty and fashion industry then.

The colour of the dye Perkin had discovered accidentally was purple while he was trying to synthesise quinine in the lab for the treatment of malaria at the age of 18. However, he had started working as a chemist to assist the German chemist August Wilhelm von Hofmann at Imperial College in London at the age of 15.

The logo letters of Google are filled with purple colour. In the doodle, Perkin has been shown holding light in from of fashionable people in purple attires of different shades.

Sir William Henry Perkin, FRS, (1838–1907), was born in London on March 12. As a British chemist and entrepreneur, he is best known for his accidental discovery of the first aniline dye popularly known as the purple mauveine.

He set up factories to produce the dye industrially assisted by his brother and this creation of synthetic organic chemicals industry and a business venture that revolutionize the world of fashion as an industry in turn.

He passed away in 1907 due to pneumonia and was buried in Harrow. Since he had made a fortune for marketing the artificial dye as a cheap substitute of natural dye for fabric, all three of his sons followed in his footsteps and became chemists and industrialists.

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