Robert Boyle (1627–91)
|Born||25 January 1627
Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland
|Died||31 December 1691 (aged 64)
|Known for||Boyle's law, founder of modern chemistry|
|Influences||Robert Carew, Galileo Galilei, Otto von Guericke, Francis Bacon|
|Influenced||Considered the founder of modern chemistry|
|Notable awards||Fellow of the Royal Society|
Career[change | change source]
Scientific research was the main focus of Boyle's life. He joined other like-minded men in a group which called itself the "Invisible College". He was part of the group which founded the Royal Society in 1660.
Religious interests[change | change source]
As a director of the East India Company Boyle spent large sums in promoting the spread of Christianity in the East. He contributed liberally to missionary societies and to the expenses of translating the Bible or portions of it into various languages.
References[change | change source]
- Boyle's Law describes the inverse relationship between the absolute pressure and volume of a gas.
- Acott, Chris (1999). "The diving "Law-ers": A brief resume of their lives.". South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society journal 29 (1). ISSN 0813-1988. OCLC 16986801. http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/5990. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
- Kassell, Lauren. "Invisible College (act. 1646-1647)," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- "Robert Boyle’s astonishing scientific wishlist," The Royal Society: 350 Years of Science (exhibition). June 2010.