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Chance Discoveries: Synthetic Dye

Chance Discoveries: Synthetic Dye

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This NBC Learn video, part of a series on "Chance Discoveries" in chemistry, tells the story of the discovery of the first synthetic dye, mauvine (or mauve) in 1856, by a teenaged British chemist trying to make a synthetic quinine to treat malaria in the expanding British colonies. (Images courtesy of BASF Coorporate Archives, Science Museum London/SSPL, Williams Haynes Portrait Collections; Gift of Herb Pratt; Photograph by Gregory Tobias, Gift of American Cyanamid, from the collections of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Dr. Morley Read / Photo Researchers, Inc.)

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