Tuesday, 10 May 2011

The Bearded Scientist

This is William Perkin, one of many old-time scientists who had a beard.

He lived from 1838 to 1907 and is perhaps best-known for discovering the dye mauveine.

He patented the discovery and, because purple was a colour in demand, Perkin became rich.

In our latest periodic video about crystallization, we discuss Perkin's beard.

The Professor suggests that substantial beard may have been a secret weapon in Perkin's success as a chemist!

Find out why...

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