Sir William H. Perkin (1838-1907) discovered mauveine, the world’s first synthetic dyestuff, in 1856. He and his brother Thomas produced mauveine from a factory on this site in 1857, and later alizarin, thus laying the foundations of the organic chemicals industry. This replaces a centenary plaque unveiled by Sir R Robinson in 1957.

This plaque replaced #31463

Holly Cranmer on Wikimedia Commons
Holly Cranmer on Wikimedia Commons

Howdens Joinery, Oldfirled Lane North, Greenford, London
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by Royal Society of Chemistry on 19 October 2006

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