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|
Robert Boyle is best known for Boyle's law.
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.
Boyle was an alchemist, but also the first modern chemist. His 1661 book, The Sceptical Chymist, is important in the history of chemistry.
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.
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Sculpture of a young boy, thought to be Boyle, on his parents' monument in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.
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