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Robert Bunsen

German chemist, Robert Bunsen invented the Bunsen Burner


German Chemist Robert Bunsen Invented the Bunsen Burner

German Chemist Robert Bunsen Invented the Bunsen Burner

Mary Bellis
A bunsen burner is a flame making device that combines a flammable gas with air, named after Robert Bunsen, the German chemist who invented an improved Bunsen burner in 1855. A Bunsen burner is used in laboratories.

Robert Bunsen did not invent the very first burner, he improved upon the designs of the burners invented by Peter Desdega and Michael Faraday. Robert Bunsen was also the inventor of the carbon-zinc electric cell (1841), the grease-spot photometer (1844), the filter pump (1868), the ice calorimeter (1870) and the vapour calorimeter (1887).

As a chemist, Robert Bunsen studied the emission spectra of heated elements. He co-discovered the element caesium in 1860, and co-discovered rubidium in 1861 with Gustav Kirchhoff, and advanced the sciences of photochemistry and organic chemistry.

However, he is best known for his invention of the Bunsen burner.

  • Born: 31 March 1811
  • Birthplace: Göttingen, Germany
  • Died: 16 August 1899
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