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[buhn-suh n; German boo n-zuh n]
  1. Rob·ert Wil·helm [rob-ert wil-helm; German roh-bert vil-helm] /ˈrɒb ərt ˈwɪl hɛlm; German ˈroʊ bɛrt ˈvɪl hɛlm/, 1811–99, German chemist.
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Examples from the Web for bunsen

Historical Examples of bunsen

  • Now have some one light a match for you, or else go to a lighted Bunsen burner.

    Common Science

    Carleton W. Washburne

  • The disc is then annealed in the Bunsen flame and the stem riveted on.

    On Laboratory Arts

    Richard Threlfall

  • Most of my readers will know the formation of the bunsen flame.

  • The entire text of this poem is given in Bunsen's God in History.

    Moon Lore

    Timothy Harley

  • I have sent off the Ascension plants through Bunsen to Ehrenberg.

British Dictionary definitions for bunsen


  1. Robert Wilhelm (ˈroːbɛrt ˈvɪlhɛlm). 1811–99, German chemist who with Kirchhoff developed spectrum analysis and discovered the elements caesium and rubidium. He invented the Bunsen burner and the ice calorimeter
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bunsen in Science


  1. German chemist who with Gustav Kirchhoff developed the technique of spectroscopic analysis, leading to their discovery of the elements cesium and rubidium. Bunsen also invented various kinds of laboratory equipment, although the Bunsen burner itself was probably constructed on an earlier design by Michael Faraday.
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