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British Production of Synthetic Dyes

Nature volume 96, page 686 (17 February 1916) | Download Citation



IN the Times of February 11 a Leeds correspondent comments on current developments of the problem of increasing the production of synthetic dyes. Whatever criticisms may be advanced against the Government scheme, it cannot be denied that the appointment of Prof. W. H. Perkin, the eldest son of the discoverer of mauve or aniline purple, to be head of the research department of British Dyes, Limited, is a most welcome augury of future progress. It is, however, a debatable point whether this department, endowed by the State to the extent of ioo,oool., ought in the public interest to be the monopoly of a single company, which under a new name and with the aid of a large Government subsidy is carrying on the business of one only of several competing firms.

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