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Variant of Peter. Peter was one of the twelve apostles. He was the son of Jonas and his original name was Simon. He was given the name Cephas by Jesus, meaning rock. Peter was the leader of the apostles. He went on many missionary journeys to spread Christianity. He is the author of two of the epistles of the New Testament.
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Sir William Perkin
was an English chemist best known for his discovery, at the age of 18, of the first aniline dye, mauveine.Perkin was born and brought up in the East End of London. At the age of 15, he entered London's Royal College of Chemistry, studying under August Wilhelm von Hofmann. He lived on Cable Street in East London, where he would often perform experiments. It was here that he discovered that aniline could be partly transformed into a crude mixture that when extracted with alcohol gave an intense purple colour. This Perkin and von Hofmann commercialized as mauveine. Perkin's discovery and sales resulted in a trade war, as competitors released variations of his initial dye.