Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Sir William Henry Perkin Google Logo

Sir William Henry Perkin Google Logo

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.

Google has honored chemist Sir William Henry Perkin on his 180th birthday with a purple-filled doodle.

Perkin was trying to find a substitute for quinine which was the only feasible medical treatment for malaria in 1856 because the demand for it was exceeding the supply.

The English scientist was working as a lab assistant when he noticed a purple stain at the bottom of a beaker following a failed experiment.

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Upon discovering the purple-tinted dye, Perkin worked to get the dye he named "mauveine" patented, manufactured and commercialized. Perkin found the colorful dye at the right time when the textile industry was at a high. That is, until Sir William Henry Perkin accidentally discovered aniline dyes, the most famous of which is known as mauveine. Since purple clothing was in style, expensive for most, and quick to fade, the commercialization turned Perkin into an early enterpreneur. Perkin's strong and inexpensively produced mauveine finally made this once-exclusive color readily accessible, igniting a violet fashion frenzy - as seen in today's Doodle by UK-based illustrator Sonny Ross. Google says after earning much wealth and success in manufacturing, Perkin returned to laboratory research.

Queen Victoria herself wore a mauveine-dyed gown to the Royal Exhibition of 1862, making Perkin's invention a huge hit.

Sir William Perkin was born in the East End to a carpenter father and Scottish mother, and he was the youngest of seven children.

The Perkin Medal was established in 1906 to honour the 50th anniversary of the discovery of mauvine.

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