Bunsen Burner Day

Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen

Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen

Bunsen Burner Day is celebrated on March 30th of each year in remembrance of Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen, a German chemist who invented the Bunsen Burner.

Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen (30 March 1811 – 16 August 1899) was a German chemist. He investigated emission spectra of heated elements, and with Gustav Kirchhoff discovered caesium (in 1860) and rubidium (in 1861). Bunsen developed several gas-analytical methods, was a pioneer in photochemistry, and did early work in the field of organoarsenic chemistry. With his laboratory assistant, Peter Desaga, he developed the Bunsen burner, an improvement on the laboratory burners then in use. The Bunsen–Kirchhoff Award for spectroscopy is named after Bunsen and Kirchhoff.