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Robert Bunsen

Robert Bunsen

Have you ever seen that cool metal tube thing that are used in chemistry classes to emit a flame that if set right, the flame will be colorless. Well it just so happens that Robert Bunsen is the man who designed it.<ref>O. Wallace (2003) Who is Robert Bunsen, http://www.wisegeek.com/who-is-robert-bunsen.htm</ref> But that wasn't his only work. He contributed a lot more to science than just that. Robert was a teacher at University of Marsburg from 1838-51.<ref>Who2 (1998)Robert Bunsen, http://www.infoplease.com/biography/var/robertbunsen.html</ref> Robert Bunsen also contributed to organic chemistry, photochemical studies, spectrography, and of course chemistry.

Early Life

Robert Bunsen was born in 1811 during spring at Germany. He was the youngest of the four brothers. his father was a professor of modern languages at the local university. Robert was raised in a very educated environment. <ref>Elizabeth Beckett, Holly Bernitt, and Vishwa Chandra (1998) Bunsen, http://library.thinkquest.org/15215/History/bunsen.html</ref> At the age of nine-teen he recieved his doctorate in chemistry. Somewhere in the 1930's he attempted an experiment that almost killed him. He lost sight from one of his eye. There was a explosion that sent a sliver of glass into his eye.<ref>corrosion doctor (2000)Robert Wilhelm Bunsen (1811-1899)http://www.corrosion-doctors.org/Biographies/BunsenBio.htm</ref> <ref>answer.com (2009) Robert Bunsen http://www.answers.com/topic/robert-bunsen</ref>


Robert Bunsen could only do so much but during his life he accomplished a lot of work. He didn't just develop the bunsen burner that holds his name. He developed many other laboratory instruments such as ones used in spectroscopy. He researched on cures for cyanide poisoning but only abandoned it after a horrible accident in the lab that cost him sight in one eye. He later applied his talents to inorganic chemistry and how the inorganic gases reacted to chemical changes.<ref> NetIndustries (2008) Robert Bunsen Biography (1811-1899) http://www.madehow.com/inventorbios/62/Robert-Bunsen.html</ref> While at Marsburg, Bunsen examined the blast furnaces and concluded that more that half of the heat was lost in the charcoal-burning furnaces at Germany and British furnaces lost 80% of the heat was lost. Bunsen and a collaborator, Lyon Playfair, suggested techniques that could recycle gases through the furnace and retrieve valuable escaping by-products such as ammonia.<ref>Pam Fujinaka, Christina Kerekes (date not stated) ROBERT WILHELM BUNSEN http://www.woodrow.org/teachers/chemistry/institutes/1992/Bunsen.html</ref>


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