|Born||Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen
30 March 1811
Göttingen, Westphalia, Rhine Confederation (now Germany)
|Died||16 August 1899
Heidelberg, Baden, German Empire (now Germany)
|Alma mater||University of Göttingen|
|Doctoral advisor||Friedrich Stromeyer|
|Other notable students||Dmitri Mendeleev|
|Known for||Discovery of cacodyl radical; discoveries of caesium and rubidium. Invention of the Bunsen burner; carbon-zinc electrochemical cell; methods of gas analysis; development of spectrochemical analysis|
Much more important was the work he did which led to spectroscopy. Together with Gustav Kirchhoff, he developed a method of using the spectrum of light to identify the composition of solids,liquids or gases. Spectroscopy originated through the study of visible light dispersed according to its wavelength, for example, by a prism. Bunsen found the elements caesium and rubidium with his spectroscope.
In 1841, Bunsen developed the Bunsen cell, by improving the galvanic cell William Grove had developed in 1839.
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Gustav Kirchhoff (left) and Robert Bunsen (right)
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