Why Today’s Google Doodle Is All About The Color Purple

The British chemist was just 18 years old when he discovered the dye in 1856. It wasn’t intentional, and was instead a very fortunate, career-defining accident. According to the Royal Society of Chemistry, Perkin was a student at London’s Royal College of Chemistry at the time. He worked as an assistant to August Wilhelm Hofmann, who was researching ways to create quinine, a drug used to treat malaria. After one of his attempts to form the compound, Perkin observed an unexpected reaction: When diluting the substance with alcohol, it turned purple.


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