Robert Bunsen, the German scientist responsible for the indispensable piece of secondary school science lesson kit, the Bunsen burner, was honoured by Google on his 200th birthday.
The familiar picture of the distinctive gas burner invented by Bunsen, used by school children across the globe, found its place on Google’s home page today. The Google doodle animation shows a blue flame heating various multicoloured pots and test tubes while steam flies out of a coffee pot, sort of trying to spell the word 'Google'.
Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen was born on March 31st, 1811 in Goettingen, Germany. Apart from the Bunsen burner, he made several other vital contributions to the world of Chemistry which includes the discovery of caesium and rubidium, alongside Gustav Kirchoff, and pioneering photochemistry. He was also one of the most influential chemistry teachers of his time, teaching at a number of Universities across Germany.
It is worth mentioning that it has been more than 150 years since he introduced the design of the Bunsen burner to the world, but the design is still very much in use all around the world. In spite of this great invention, Bunsen was not keen on making any financial profit from it, neither did he ever seek any patent for the invention.