William Henry Perkin

1838 - 1907

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Sir William Henry Perkin (12 March 1838 – 14 July 1907) was a British chemist and entrepreneur best known for his serendipitous discovery of the first commercial synthetic organic dye, mauveine, made from aniline. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Henry Perkin has received more than 1,145,340 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). William Henry Perkin is the 195th most popular chemist (up from 241st in 2019), the 941st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 937th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular British Chemist.

Perkin is most famous for discovering the first synthetic dye, mauveine, in 1856.

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Among chemists, William Henry Perkin ranks 195 out of 510Before him are Raymond Davis Jr., John Pople, F. Sherwood Rowland, Walter Gilbert, Paul Berg, and Ignacy Mościcki. After him are Ahmed Zewail, Elias James Corey, Joachim Sauer, Michael Smith, Arieh Warshel, and Henri Victor Regnault.

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Among people born in 1838, William Henry Perkin ranks 20Before him are Léon Gambetta, Liliʻuokalani, Princess Louise of Prussia, Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, Anton Mauve, and Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran. After him are 11th Dalai Lama, Camille Jordan, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Edward W. Morley, Ōkuma Shigenobu, and Vladimir Markovnikov. Among people deceased in 1907, William Henry Perkin ranks 21Before him are Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar, Joseph Joachim, Pierre Janssen, Princess Clémentine of Orléans, Paula Modersohn-Becker, and Jean Casimir-Perier. After him are Qiu Jin, Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden, Kato Svanidze, Léo Taxil, Henry Steel Olcott, and Ilia Chavchavadze.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Henry Perkin ranks 941 out of 6,924Before him are Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848), Mary Ann Nichols (1845), Sebastian Shaw (1905), Alan Parsons (1948), Richard Stone (1913), and Isabella of England (1214). After him are John Schlesinger (1926), Philip Noel-Baker (1889), James Mason (1909), Samuel Butler (1612), Roger Scruton (1944), and Michael Smith (1932).

Among CHEMISTS In United Kingdom

Among chemists born in United Kingdom, William Henry Perkin ranks 23Before him are John Newlands (1837), Cyril Norman Hinshelwood (1897), Richard Laurence Millington Synge (1914), Archer Martin (1910), Peter D. Mitchell (1920), and John Pople (1925). After him are Michael Smith (1932), Derek Barton (1918), John Vane (1927), James Dewar (1842), Alexander R. Todd (1907), and Ida Noddack (1896).