The Fake Color That Made Our Modern World – The Lightbulb Moment

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In 1856, a chemistry student named William Henry Perkin accidentally created a strange substance with a rich purple hue. That accident turned out to be the world’s first synthetic dye. In just a few years, Perkin’s ‘Mauve’ would take over the fashion industry, make food look more appetizing, and enable stunning advances in medicine.

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