Google Observes Inventor Robert Bunsen’s 200th Birthday With Doodle

Here at OSM, one of the many enjoyable pieces of news that we report on, has got to be the Google Doodles. Celebrating an anniversary of some kind, a birthday or an event on the yearly calendar are all ways that Google can interact with its viewers. Just recently we brought you a Doodle celebrating the 137th birthday of escape artist and magician Harry Houdini, and previous to that others including St Patrick’s Day, Robert Louis Stevenson, Valentines Day, Thomas Edison and so on. Today its the turn of Robert Bunsen.

As for a huge majority of you, the name Bunsen will automatically bring you back to your school days during your science lessons. No doubt many of you will remember using that one piece of equipment of course the Bunsen Burner, but as with most things, do we really know who and when it was invented. Today using a Google Doodle, we celebrate the birthday of its inventor Robert Bunsen born on March 31, 1811 in Germany.

On looking at the animated Doodle as the telegraph.co.uk reported, it is made up of pots and test tubes containing different colored liquids which change in color.

The bunsen burner was developed by Robert and his laboratory assistant Peter Desaga in 1854/1855 with a view to watching how various elements reacted when heated up. The chemist retired at the age of 78 when he put all his efforts into studying geology and mineralogy. He died at the age of 88. To find out more on Robert Bunsen click here to head on over to Wikipedia.

Tell us what you think about the new Google Doodle? What memories do you hold of your science lessons at school? Did you use the bunsen burner?