Google Doodle For Robert Bunsen

Mar 31, 2011 • 8:06 am | comments (18) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos

Robert Bunsen Google Logo

Today on almost all of the Google home pages, including you will find a special Google logo for the 200th birthday of Robert Bunsen.

This logo is different in that is one of the few animated and interactive Google Doodles. Try it out, you can mouse over the burner to heat up the water above it, in a Bunsen burner. You can play with the logo and it will play back. Pretty neat.

Who is Robert Bunsen?

He was a German chemist. According to his Wikipedia article, he investigated emission spectra of heated elements, and discovered caesium in 1860 and rubidium in 1861 with Gustav Kirchhoff. He also developed several gas-analytical methods, was a pioneer in photochemistry, and did early work in the field of organoarsenic chemistry

But most importantly, everyone knows his name from the "Bunsen burner."

The interesting thing to me is that his birthday was March 30th not March 31st and we have a logo on March 31st. Bunsen died on August 16, 1899.

Here is a video from Websonic on how this logo works:

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03/31/2011 12:33 pm

I just love google doodles!


03/31/2011 12:38 pm



03/31/2011 12:40 pm

This is neat, I enjoy going to my home page and seeing their special logos. I think its fun they are trying interactive ones as well. Thanks Google and Happy 200th Bunsen!


03/31/2011 12:41 pm

Doesn't seem to work.


03/31/2011 12:41 pm

i love this!


03/31/2011 12:43 pm

I love this illustration, it is brilliant!!

Miss Priss

03/31/2011 12:56 pm

Brilliant for Bunsen! LOL


03/31/2011 01:00 pm

Nothing happens when I mouse over the doodle.


03/31/2011 01:02 pm

who designed this image, is it listed anywhere?


03/31/2011 01:04 pm

Sooo if his Birthday is on March 30th, why is this being posted on March 31st? Kinda like a late uncle calling to say happy birthday the day after when its too late :). Besides that though the Google Doodle is Great!

03/31/2011 01:05 pm

Happy 200th B-day!!!!! I'll buy you a cookie


03/31/2011 01:09 pm

this will be stuck in my head now and that's probably gonna be the highlight of my day


03/31/2011 01:19 pm

i like it and HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)


03/31/2011 01:22 pm

I absolutely love this. Wow.


03/31/2011 01:26 pm

Yea give props to the designer very cool yet simple 5*

Karen Anne

03/31/2011 01:55 pm

It's a cool doodle, however, I'm using Firefox 3.6.16 and that doodle is causing the Firefox CPU usage to hover continuously around 95%. I've never experienced a Google doodle do that before.


03/31/2011 02:07 pm

doesn't work for me...


03/31/2011 10:33 pm

Oh drat. I saw that logo 50 times yesterday and never thought to play with it!!

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