|Notable awards||Copley Medal (1768)|
In 1779, Woulfe reported the formation of a yellow dye when indigo was treated with nitric acid. Later it was discovered by others that he had formed picric acid, which eventually was used as the first synthetic dye, an explosive and an antiseptic treatment for burns.
"The last true believer in alchemy was not Dr. Price, but Peter Woulfe, the eminent chemist, and Fellow of the Royal Society, and who made experiments to show the nature of mosaic gold. [...] He had long vainly searched for the Elixir, and attributed his repeated failures to the want of due preparation by pious and charitable acts. I understand that some of his apparatus is still extant, upon which are supplications for success and for the welfare of the adepts."
- Timbs, John (1866). English Eccentrics and Eccentricities. vol.1. [S.l.]: Chatto & Windus. OCLC 500018598.
- "Woulfe, Peter". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. OCLC 11414779
- Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary 1913
- Woulfe bottles (twonecked and threenecked); The Jagiellonian University Museum at the Wayback Machine (archived March 9, 2008)