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Google celebrates 250th birthday of Charles Macintosh with a 'waterproof' doodle

News Agencies | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:44 IST

Wake up to a chilly morning and sense a bit of rain!

That's the exact feeling you'll get as soon as you go to Google today, as it is celebrating the 250th birth anniversary of Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh, inventor of the waterproof material, which led to the making of the modern raincoat.

Dedicating the doodle today to Macintosh, it shows an animation, where he is seen standing wearing a raincoat and droplets all around.

Describing the doodle, Google wrote on its website, "It's a wonder how the weather-beaten Brits coped before Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh invented his eponymous waterproof coat. 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. These days in the U.K., it's common to call any type of raincoat a "Mac"."

"Today's Doodle shows Macintosh enjoying a Scottish rain shower whilst testing his ingenious invention," it added.

Born in Glasgow, Charles Macintosh was first employed as a clerk. But he devoted all his spare time to science, particularly chemistry, and before he was 20, resigned his clerkship to take up the manufacture of chemicals.


First published: 29 December 2016, 12:39 IST