ENGLISH ORGANIC CHEMIST KNOWN FOR HIS WORK ON THE DEGRADATION OF NATURALLY OCCURRING ORGANIC COMPOUNDS HERE HANDWRITES ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A SUCCESSFUL CHEMIST: “CHEMISTRY LIKE MUSIC REQUIRES CONSTANT PRACTICE….”
WILLIAM HENRY PERKIN JR. (1860-1929) SIGNED SCIENCE QUOTE, “W. H. Perkin, The Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Oxford, Feb. 22, 1927”, on a card 4.5 x 3.5, by the English organic chemist known for his groundbreaking research work on the degradation of naturally occurring organic compounds. This work led to the synthesis of many terpenes and members of the camphor group; and also to the investigation of various alkaloids and natural dyes. He was the eldest son of Sir William Henry Perkin the founder of the aniline dye industry. Perkin Jr. was Waynflete Professor of Chemistry at Oxford University. Together with his brother-in-law Professor Frederick Kipping, he wrote textbooks on practical chemistry, inorganic and organic chemistry. His handwritten quote, in full: “Chemistry like Music requires constant practice. Anyone who wishes to become a chemist, and especially an Organic Chemist, of the first rank, must stand up at the bench & work for hours a day”. The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.