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    Google Doodle: Sir William Henry Perkin remembered on 180th birth anniversary

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    It was here, while carrying out experiments with quinine, a chemical first discovered in the bark of certain tress, Perkin accidentally discovered a way of creating a dye which could be used

    to colour fabrics.

    The pair had been experimenting over how it could be used in the treatment of malaria.

    In 1856 while carrying out a further experiments in his makeshift laboratory at his home in Cable Street, London, Perkin discovered that aniline, an inexpensive coal tar waste product, could be used to produce a substance with a deep purple colour when combined with alcohol.

    Perkin originally named the dye Tyrian Purple, but it later become known a mauve.

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