Perkin’s Perfect Purple

Queen Victoria commanded “Make me a purple velvet crown!”

But purple was tricky.

Until a boy named William Perkin did an experiment at home during his spring break.

William wanted to invent a new medicine to cure malaria but his experiment, using the scientific method, created something else…
the world’s first synthetic dye. PURPLE FOR THE PEOPLE! And a new way to approach chemistry, to identify and cure disease, and to make a better world.

Perkin’s Perfect Purple: How A Boy Created Color With Chemistry will be in bookstores and libraries on October 6, 2020.