Google doodle pays tribute to the father of the raincoat on his birthday
The Scottish chemist’s invention, which led to the modern raincoat, is to be credited for making it a lot more convenient to go out in the rain.Updated: Dec 29, 2016 12:00 IST
Google honoured the inventor of waterproof material Charles Macintosh with a doodle on Thursday to mark what would be his 250th birthday.
The Scottish chemist’s invention, which led to the modern raincoat, is to be credited for making it a lot more convenient to go out in the rain.
The doodle shows Macintosh enjoying a Scottish rain shower while testing his ingenious invention.
“His invention, patented in 1823, came about as he experimented with coal-tar naphtha and rubber and realised they could be fused together with fabric to create a waterproof surface,” Google said in a statement.
In Britain, it is now common to call any type of raincoat a “Mac”.
Born in Glasgow, Macintosh’s contribution is, however, not limited to the invention of waterproof fabrics. He also figured out a way to make blast furnaces more efficient and also invented a bleaching powder.
First Published: Dec 29, 2016 11:55 IST