Friday, March 31, 2006

The Busen Burner Birthday

Happy Birthday!

This is Robert Wilhelm Bunsen (March 31,1811-August 16, 1899). He perfected the burner that was named after him, that was invented by a British chemist Michael Faraday.

Bunsen was a lecturer at Gottingen were he began experimental studies of the (in) solubility of metal salts of arsenious acid. For two years the study continued until his discovery of the use of iron oxide hydrate as a precipiting agent and is still the best known antidote against arsenic poisoning today. As you can imagine these experiments produced many dangerous situations. Bunsen almost killed himself from arsenic poisoning and in another a explosion propelled a glass of sliver into his eye and lost his sight.

Bunsen died August 16, 1899. He was 88 years old.

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N Posted by Rain at 3/31/2006 05:12:00 PM


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