with the Atom
(compiled by Dr.Glen E. Rodgers)
|Robert Bunsen (with Gustav Kirchhoff), working at the University of Heidelberg, invented the first spectroscope. Using this device, they discovered the elements and cesium (1860) and rubidium (1861). Bunsen developed his burner in 1855. It gave off very little light of its own and therefore was ideal for spectroscopic work.|
Woodrow Wilson Web Site
European Network for Chemistry
Analysis by Observation of Spectra"
Gustav Kirchhoff and Robert Bunsen
Annalen der Physik und der Chemie Vol. 110 (1860). This site has an excellent figure showing their spectroscope.
|Full biographical information on Sacks' book Uncle Tungsten||pp 215-218|
|Full biographical information on Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 2nd Ed.||pp 374-375|
|Statue and house where spectroscopic work was done (plaque says "In this house Kirchhoff and Bunsen applied their spectral analysis to sun and stars and thereby opened up the chemistry of the universe"(1)*||Corner of Akademiestrasse and Hauptstrasse, Heidelberg|
|Small museum with bust of Bunsen, spectrometer, original samples of cesium and rubidium salts, polarimeter, chromic acid battery(3)*||Foyer of the lecture rooms of the Chem. Inst., Neuerheimerfeld No. 252, Heidelberg University|
|Burial Plot (with several photos)||Bergfriedhof Cemetery
Link to Dr. Rodgers' Scientific/Historical Site on Bunsen.
|Scientific Historical Traveling||Rodgers Home Page|