Google Doodle Offers Kids Science Fun: Robert Bunsens 200th Birthday

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Bunsen was a gifted scientist and revered gentleman.

I was this close to majoring on Chemistry in college. If I did, I would have likely been in a lab instead of writing on a computer Robert Bunsen’s 200th birthday up close and personal. The Bunsen burner was one of my favorite instruments in the lab. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the birthday of Robert Bunsen by dedicating their logo to a chemistry lab. The doodle is an animation showing a reaction in chemical lab. Out of all the Goggle Doodle’s, I gotta say, this is one of my favorites.

Here’s some quick information on the famous scientist to pass along to the kids:

Robert Bunsen was a German chemist who discovered the elements  Rubidium and Caesium. Bunsen investigated emission spectra of heated elements and many research experiments in chemistry. He 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.

What I like about Bunsen was his personal side just as much as his professional endeavors. Bunsen was one of the most universally admired scientists of his generation, which is quite a distinction. He was a teacher who was devoted to his students, and they were equally devoted to him. During heated scientific debates, Bunsen always conducted himself as a perfect gentleman, maintaining his distance from theoretical disputes.

It’s been said he preferred to work quietly in his laboratory, which is also something I can relate to. One of the most interesting notes about him is that out of principle, he never took out a patent, despite the fact that his new battery and new laboratory burner would surely have brought him great wealth. Interestingly, Bunsen never married.

Do you like today’s Google Doodle? Will you share it with your children?

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