Robert Bunsen Biography
Birthday: March 30, 1811 (Aries)
Born In: Göttingen
Robert Bunsen was a German chemist who developed the Bunsen burner with his laboratory assistant Peter Desaga. A pioneer in photochemistry, he developed several gas-analytical methods and also performed research in the field of organoarsenic chemistry. The son of a professor, he grew up in an intellectually stimulating environment and developed an interest in science quite early on. He grew up to study chemistry, physics, mineralogy, and mathematics at the University of Göttingen and earned his doctorate in chemistry. He embarked on an academic career and taught at the Universities of Marburg and Breslau among others. While he was not teaching, he busied himself with performing experiments in the laboratory. Passionately committed to chemistry, he worked with substances such as cacodyl derivatives, sodium, barium, calcium, hydrogen and chlorine to make new discoveries and inventions. Some of his experiments posed potential dangers to his health and life, and he once almost died from arsenic poisoning. In addition to being an exceptional chemist, he was also skilled in designing apparatus and laboratory equipment. Among his numerous inventions are a carbon-zinc electric cell, the grease-spot photometer, the ice calorimeter, and the Bunsen burner. He never married and dedicated his entire life to scientific pursuits.