31.3.12

Happy Birthday Robert Bunsen

Robert Bunsen, born March 31, 1811 was a German chemist known for perfecting the burner which bears his name.  While developing the field of emission spectroscopy, he co-discovered the elements cesium and rubidium along with Gustav Kirchhoff.

2 comments:

D said...

I think you should give more credit to his assistant.

David Stay said...

The wikipedia article on the Bunsen Burner suggests that Bunsen gave the design to Peter Desaga (who was a mechanic for the University of Heidelberg not a lab assistant) and Desaga made them for Bunsen. Others had made the same type of burner before but Bunsen and his students made it popular.