Bunsen Burner Day on March 31 celebrates the inventor of the Bunsen Burner, German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen.
The most important contribution of Robert Bunsen, one that changed chemistry labs all over the world, was the Bunsen Burner.
A staple in all chemistry labs, the Bunsen Burner is a device that uses a flammable gas to produce a hot flame.
The Bunsen Burner was the precursor to the gas stove many people used in their homes today.
Born on March 31, 1811, Robert Bunsen is thought to be a trailblazer in the field of photochemistry. Photochemistry is a specialized branch of chemistry that looks at the chemical effects of light.
He was also well-known for his work on the chemistry of arsenic, a chemical element that is used for a variety of purposes including preserving wood, but is also toxic to human beings and animals in larger quantities.
How to Celebrate?
- Honor your chemistry teachers on this day. Thank them for all the knowledge they have imparted you.
- Introduce young adults and children in your life to the joys of chemistry.
- Learn more about the life of Robert Bunsen.
Did You Know…
…that Robert Bunsen also discovered cesium and rubidium with Gustav Kirchhoff? Cesium is one of 5 elements that are liquid at room temperature.