Perkin, Sir William Henry
- Anthony S. Travis
Perkin, Sir William Henry (1838–1907), chemist, was born on 12 March 1838 at King David's Lane, Shadwell, London, youngest of the three sons of George Fowler Perkin (1802–1865), a builder and contractor, and his wife, Sarah Cuthbert. With his two brothers and three sisters he inherited a pronounced musical talent from his father. He also inherited a strong Anglican faith, and religion played an extremely important role in his life. After early education at a private school ...