Let’s wish a happy birthday to the father of the mad scientist’s favorite prop. Richard August Carl Emil Erlenmeyer (who went by Emil) was born in Taunusstein, Germany on June 28, 1825. 

Over the course of his career as a chemist, Erlenmeyer made numerous important discoveries and advances, including the Erlenmeyer rule, which describes the behavior of alcohol molecules. Yet he’s best remembered for the now-iconic shape of a piece of glassware. The Erlenmeyer flask, also known as the conical flask or beuta, is still a fixture in laboratories today. Check out the infographic below from Compound Chemistry for more on what makes this flask so useful. 

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