By | March 19, 2022

On March 31, we commemorate National Bunsen Burner Day by honouring the history of science and the man who invented this crucial equipment. The Bunsen Burner, which can be found in every high school laboratory, is an important part of our scientific education and is also used in professional laboratories. This National Bunsen Burner Day, we’ve got all the facts, features, and fun activities you’ll need to light up your celebrations!


Robert Bunsen was born in 1811 in Germany. Bunsen’s father was the chief librarian and professor of modern philology at Göttingen University, where he began his undergraduate studies at the age of 17. He shown early on that he had a talent for creativity, and within two years, he had completed his Ph.D. and been offered a job there.

Bunsen made an important discovery when he developed the antidote to arsenic poisoning at the age of 22. But the Bunsen burner, for which he is best known today, became his obsession in 1852, when he accepted a position at the University of Heidelberg, where he was promised a new laboratory for his research and teaching.

The building’s designers intended to use gas for lighting and laboratory burners throughout. However, because to the strength of the flame and their simplicity, gas burners were problematic. So, as the builders worked on Bunsen’s new laboratory, Bunsen worked on a means to make gas burners more effective for laboratory use. He devised a gas-burning contraption that would produce four distinct sorts of flames depending on the airflow, employing Isaac Newton’s idea of light refraction to produce four various colours and intensities of flame.

Bunsen had built 50 of his burners by the time the building opened in 1855, and he published a description of them in 1857 so that his colleagues might copy the design. Despite its popularity, he never patented the concept because he believed that research should be for the benefit of all, not only for the benefit of a few. His design rose in popularity and is still used in schools and professional laboratories around the world, which is why we commemorate National Bunsen Burner Day.


To make a rainbow, put a small mirror in a glass of water and place it in bright sunshine to recreate Newton’s refraction experiment at home.
Enjoy some of the foods that Robert Bunsen would have loved during his lifetime, such as sauerkraut and sauerbraten (roast beef stew).
Create your own problem-solving device to honour this wonderful idea. Perhaps you, too, will leave a legacy like Robert Bunsen!

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