Charles Macintosh Doodle

The situations of unexpected rains were used to happen in Scotland until chemist Charles Macintosh and his groundbreaking invention of waterproof material didn’t have an effect. Macintosh, who was born exactly before 250 years from yesterday, has been honored with a Google Doodle Animation screening the rain drops pouring on him for his revolutionary chemical invention.

Yesterday, 29th December 2016 was the 250th Birthday of Scottish Scientist Charles Macintosh and Google paid a tribute to him by dedicating an animated Doodle to him. Charles Macintosh was born on 29th December 1766 and passed away on 25th July 1843.

To pay a praiseworthy acknowledgment to this remarkable and exceptional inventor of waterproof fabric, the search engine giant Google dedicated its Doodle to commemorate the 250th Birthday of the famous Scottish Chemist, Charles Macintosh on 29th December at Dunchattan in Scotland and was covered in Glasgow Cathedral. On its homepage, Google designed its doodle with the animated sketching of Charles Macintosh dressed in a raincoat and vibrant raindrops dropping down on the raincoat.

Macintosh was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and was the son of George Macintosh and Mary Moore. Macintosh married Mary Fisher in 1790, daughter of Alexander Fisher, a Glasgow merchant. They had one son, George Macintosh.

Charles devoted his spare time to science, particularly chemistry, and before he was 20 resigned his clerkship to take up the manufacture of chemicals. In this, he was highly successful and invented various new processes.

For his remarkable contribution to the Chemistry, Charles Macintosh was chosen as an associate of the Royal Society. Except for this identification, Charles Macintosh is also known as the father of waterproof fabric as he invented the waterproof fabric in 1823. After his name, the discovered waterproof material was named as The Mackintosh raincoat.

Macintosh invented naphtha which was a spin-off of tar and could be softened in rubber with no difficulty. He, by dissolving the rubber with the coal-tar naphtha detected the waterproof fabric, which later led to the manufacture of raincoat.

In 1828, he became a partner with James Beaumont Neilson in a firm to exploit the latter’s patent for the hot blast blowing of blast furnaces, which saved considerably on their fuel consumption.


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