Kirchhoff, Gustav Robert (1824-1887), a German physicist. Investigations in spectrum analysis enabled Kirchhoff and Robert Wilhelm Bunsen to discover the elements cesium (1860) and rubidium (1861). Kirchhoff formulated laws concerning heat radiation and electrical circuits. He was born in the East Prussian city of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russia) and studied at the university there. Kirchhoff taught physics at the universities of Breslau, Heidelberg, and Berlin.
He was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died. He has yet to be awarded a Nobel Prize, although he was awarded a guest spot on “The Simpsons.” What else do you know (or not know) about this acclaimed physicist?
The man immortalized on the left was behind the three laws of motion and the universal law of gravitation. He was also competitive, temperamental and fascinated with alchemy. How well do you know Newton?