comscore Charles Macintosh's 250th birthday celebrated with a Google Doodle

Charles Macintosh's 250th birthday celebrated with a Google Doodle

Charles Macintosh is known for inventing the raincoat and waterproof material.


Google has a new doodle on its homepage today. Marking the 250th birthday of Charles Macintosh, Google has dedicated an animated doodle on its homepage. Also Read - Google launches Android 13 mobile OS: Top things you should know about it

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Charles Macintosh was a Scottish chemist and known for inventing waterproof material, which further led to the making of modern raincoat. Today’s animated doodle illustrates the same in a very clever manner. The doodle shows Charles Macintosh standing in a raincoat and rain droplets falling off him. He was known devoting most of his time to science, particularly Chemistry. He was also known for his successful innovations and inventing various new processes in the field of Chemistry. But what led to the invention of waterproof cloth you may wonder? Well his experiments with one of the by-products of tar, naphtha, led to his invention of waterproof.

In 1823, Charles was granted a patent on the waterproof fabric. The same year, he was also elected as a fellow of the Royal Society for his various chemical discoveries. ALSO READ: Facebook introduces Google Doodle-like News Feed messages

Macintosh founded his own waterproofing company in Glasgow in 1834 – mainly because to the opposition he faced from tailors back then. He later moved to Manchester in 1840 to make the most of the material further. Charles Macintosh passed away in 1843 at Dunchattan, Scotland and was buried in the churchyard of Glasgow Cathedral.

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  • Published Date: December 29, 2016 9:40 AM IST

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