Chemistry Teaching Instruments

Invented in 1859 by Gustav Kirchoff (1824-1887) and Robert W. Bunsen (1811-1899), the spectroscope was a standard instrument of the chemical laboratory in the second half of the nineteenth century. It provided a powerful means for analyzing chemical compounds by observing their characteristic spectra of light. Light from a selected source would be broken up by the prism and diffracted into a signature spectrum. Specific spectra identified chemical elements. The well-known British instrument-maker, John Browning, sold this model to the Chemical Laboratory at the University of Toronto.
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