10. Mauve!

10. Mauve!
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Inventor: William Perkin

Year: 1856

What Happened: He was intent on discovering a cure for one of the deadliest diseases in the world, malaria.

Big Discovery: While trying to replicate the malaria fighter quinine in his laboratory, Perkin inadvertently discovered the color mauve instead.

As a Result: Perkin forgot about malaria and made a mint establishing the synthetic dye industry.

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Source: RD.com


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