Happy Bunsen Burner Day!

by bistromathgirl on Mar. 31st, 2009

As seen in your high school chemistry class...: the Bunsen Burner!
As seen in your high school chemistry class...: the Bunsen Burner!Courtesy Charles D. Winters/Photo Researchers, Inc.
While making my occasional visit to my favorite obscure holidays website, I was delighted to see that today is Bunsen Burner Day! The holiday is an annual celebration of the birth of German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen who is credited with inventing the bunsen burner.

"Bunsen Burner Day celebrates the birthday of its creator. German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen was born on March 31, 1811. And, you guessed it, von Bunsen created the Bunsen Burner.

If you are a high school student, you know all about the bunsen burner. If you work in a chemistry laboratory, chances are you use the burner in your job. If its been a while since high school chemistry class, the memory of the bunsen burner may have faded somewhat.

In case you memory has faded, the Bunsen Burner is a long, hollow tube. Gas and air are combined to create a hot flame. The burner is used in a wide range of scientific and laboratory projects.

Spend a few minutes today to appreciate the value of this important scientific tool. We will let you determine how many minutes to spend in reflection."

So go out and celebrate the Bunsen Burner!

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JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

This Bunsen Burner Day, I'd like raise a glass to one Richard B., my lab partner in 9th grade physical science. Through boredom, a fascination with bubbles, and poor critical thinking skills, and with the help of an inverted Bunsen burner and a beaker of water, Richard managed to create create a fireball large enough to burn off all the hair on my forearm.

Thank you, Richard, and thank you, Dr. von Bunsen.

posted on Tue, 03/31/2009 - 11:11pm
Hartmut Nissen's picture
Hartmut Nissen says:

In German Encyclopedias (Brockhaus, Wikipedia-German!) you can read, that Robert Bunsen was born on March,30th,1811 - not March,31.
Could you figure out the right day ?
Thank you.
Hartmut Nissen

posted on Sat, 10/30/2010 - 4:08pm

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