Happy birthday, Robert Bunsen!

If you’ve visited Google today, you might have noticed that their logo looks a little strange.

That’s because it’s the 200th birthday of Robert Bunsen

Born in Gottingen, Germany, on March 31 1811, Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen was a prominent chemist in his day who discovered the elements caesium and rubidium and developed the Bunsen cell battery.

But he is best remembered for the distinctive gas burner he developed with his laboratory assistant Peter Desaga in 1854 and 1855 to study the colour spectrum of different heated elements.

…. the man behind the Bunsen burner!

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