December 29, 1766, Charles Macintosh, Scottish chemist, was born in Glasgow.

On this day (December 29), 1766, Charles Macintosh, a Scottish chemist, was born in the rainy city of Glasgow (Scotland, United Kingdom).
Charles Macintosh in 1823 will patent a formula to protect clothes from liquids. He will discover that gasoline can be dissolved with rubber and the resulting mixture is capable of repelling water.
The essence of his patent was based on the union of two thick layers of fabric welded together by another layer of rubber (natural rubber), achieved by making the rubber soluble with gasoline.
The first raincoat, to come from his first textile company called Charles Macintosh and Co. of Glasgow, will also be called Mackintosh (with a "k"). This garment will be worn on expeditions to the arctic and by the British Army
In 1823, Charles Macintosh was elected to the Royal Society for his many chemical discoveries.
Charles Macintosh founded several factories thanks to his inventions and in collaboration with other inventors or entrepreneurs;
  • The family factory to produce raincoats
  • The ironwork factory in conjunction with James Beaumont Neilson
  • The yeast manufacturing factory that was unsuccessful due to the opposition of the brewers
As a curiosity, mention that in one of the songs by the Beatles (Penny Lane) Macintosh is mentioned:
«and the banker never wears a Mack, in the pouring rain...very strange»
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- what a storm!
- Good!
- okay?
- yes! I'm going to try my new clothes that repel water!
- but... have you finished it?
- I'm going to do a test!
- I don't know if it's a very good idea
- voooooyyyy...
- ...
- ...
- ...
- ...
- what's up?
- I think I need to investigate further
- okay, okay, ... but take off your clothes that are soaking the floor of the house
- all for science
- take off your clothes!

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