William Perkin

  • Olive oil
    Podcast

    Aniline

    12 April 2019

    How an early synthetic dye chemical came to play a role in a mysterious disease outbreak in 1980s Spain

  • Display cabinet, Bradford Colour Experience Museum
    Research

    Dye detective work uncovers Perkin’s chemistry secrets

    3 January 2017

    The pioneering Victorian chemist didn’t reveal all in his patent on the first synthetic purple dye

  • Mauve textile
    Podcast

    Mauveine

    30 March 2016

    Michael Freemantle with a colourful account of the birth of synthetic organic chemistry

  • Piles of colored powders in an Indian market – holi colors
    Podcast

    Dibromoindigo

    2 April 2014

    Purple was once a colour only royalty could afford to wear. Hayley Birch investigates tyrian purple, or dibromoindigo, the original purple dye