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Happy Birthday, Bun-Bun!

Today is the 200th birthday of chemist Robert Bunsen. He left us with the Bunsen burner, caesium, rubidium, and one heck of a Muppet. I’ll always remember him for his stylin’ (and profilin’) neckbeard.

If you have yet to visit Google today, they have a great doodle in his honor.

Following Matthew on Twitter is cool.


  1. Saif says:

    I was so disappointed to click through to this article. When I heard that it was “Bun-Bun’s” birthday, I immediately thought it was referring to the composer of the music for Mega Man 3, the video game that inspired me to become a musician.

    Instead, it turned out to be a playful nickname for Robert Bunsen. Who, I guess, probably inspired lots of people to become scientists. Which is also good.

    My “Bun Bun” was Yasuaki Fujita, according to Wikipedia:

  2. Why? says:

    He obviously rocked the neck beard so his beard wouldn’t catch on fire when messing around with the Burner.

  3. Luanne says:

    Isn’t he the guy on the cough drops box?

  4. actually, the Bunsen Burner was invented by Michael Faraday.