(The Gist of Science Reporter) Saccharin — Lab Accident to a Sweetener
(GIST OF SCIENCE REPORTER) Saccharin — Lab Accident to a Sweetener
Saccharin — Lab Accident to a Sweetener
You might have noticed those colourful sachets of saccharin in hotels or restaurants. In 1879 Saccharin, an artificial sweetener was accidentally discovered by researcher Constantine Fahlberg, who was working in Ira Remsen’s lab at the Johns Hopkins University.
This sweet discovery occurred when Fahlberg forgot to wash his hand and had some chemical spilled over his hand. He experienced an unusual sweet taste in his meal and in no time realised that this sweetness had been transferred from his hands. This is how bad hygiene led to the discovery of “Saccharin”.