Google Doodle celebrates 250th Birthday of Charles Macintosh
Today Google Doodle is celebrating 250th birthday of Charles Macintosh, he was inventor of waterproof material. The Scottish Chemist’s invention led to the invention of modern raincoat and it made much more convenient for all of us to go out in rain. The Doodle is representing Macintosh enjoying a Scottish rain shower while testing his ingenious invention.
Notably, his invention got patented in the year 1823. He had experimented with coal –tar naphtha and rubber and then realized that they both can be further fused together to create as warterproof surface.
Here are few facts you need to know about him:
- He had created the coat by putting a layer of liquid rubber between two layers of fabric. The new material would be resistant to water, flexible and wearable in normal in conditions
- The coat initially faced a lot of problems like stiffness and a tendency to melt in hot weather
- Eventually the issues got resolved and the process is still called Macintosh and uses a similar bonded cotton for base material
- In Britain all the raincoat in known as Mac
- Macintosh has not only invented waterproof surface, but had also invented bleaching powder
- He had even also figured out a way to make blast furnaces make more efficient
He was born in Glasgow . He initially worked as the clerk and before he was 20 he resigned to take up the manufacture of chemicals.
Soon after his invention, he filed an application to get patented, and then he began manufacturing coats and other garments using the fabric. On his 250th birthday we would like to thank him for such an amazing invention, which made our life so easy and convenient during the rainy season.