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 Google.com 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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