Ten fun facts about Robert Bunsen
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His birthday is often disputed, though sources believe it is March 30 rather than March 31, since there is a parish register for him.
He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Gottingen in 1830.
After he retired, he continued to work but changed his fields into geology and mineralogy.
Still used today for arsenic poisoning, he discovered the use of iron oxide hydrate.Fact 5
In 1836 he accepted an associate professorship at the University of Marburg and became a full professor in 1841.Fact 6
He created the Bunsen cell battery. This battery used carbon electrode instead of platinum electrode.Fact 7
Using electrolysis to produce pure metals, he and his assistant needed a gas burner with a very hot flame, which they developed in 1855. This is called the Bunsen burner.Fact 8
He is also credited with inventing a prototype spectroscope in 1859.Fact 9
He and Gustav Kirchoff were the first ever to receive the Davy Medal in 1877.Fact 10
He and Kirchoff also discovered two of the chemical elements: caesium and rubidium. Go to more people facts ❯
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