16 August 1999 was the 100th anniversary of the death of Robert Wilhelm Bunsen. He had very special links with Heidelberg, where he spent 50 years of his active life, 37 of them teaching at the Faculty of Chemistry of Heidelberg University. He is buried at Bergfriedhof cemetery. He was a genuine pioneer in his field and his work had great influence on the progress of chemical research, some of it still generating research topics to this day. Of crucial significance are his interdisciplinary studies bridging the gap between chemistry and physics. Today he is generally acknowledged to be the nestor of physical chemistry in Germany.
In honour of this great scientist the 73rd Bunsen Colloquium of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry is being held on 15 and 16 October 1999 at the chemistry lecture centre of the University of Heidelberg. 11 internationally renowned scientists will be providing an overview of the scientific topics addressed by Bunsen and the latest modern developments in those areas. The colloquium "Physical Chemistry 100 Years after Robert Wilhelm Bunsen" has been organised by Heidelberg professors Ruediger N. Lichtenthaler and Juergen Wolfrum.
One of the highpoints will be the public lecture by Professor Dr. O. Kraetz of the German Museum (Munich) on "Robert Wilhelm Bunsen: A Virtuoso in Chemical Experimentation". The lecture will be of general interest and all members of the public wishing to attend are very welcome to do so. The venue is the "Hoersaal-Zentrum Chemie" (Chemistry Lecture-Hall Centre), which is building No. 252 on the Neuenheimer Feld campus. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. There is also a Bunsen exhibition on show at the Centre. Before and after the lecture visitors can examine some of the original apparatus used by Bunsen and also enjoy a collection of posters put together by students and teachers of Heidelberg's Bunsen-Gymnasium (Bunsen Grammar School) and casting an interesting light on the life and work of this eminently important figure in the history of science.
Inquiries can be addressed to:
Prof. Dr. Ruediger N. Lichtenthaler
University of Heidelberg
Dept. of Physical Chemistry
phone 06221/545204 or 548463, fax: 544255
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 542317