Robert Boyle

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Biography

Robert Boyle was born on January 25, 1627 in Lismore Co. Waterford, Ireland. Because of his birth to one of the richest men in Ireland, Robert grew up and enjoyed the privileges of high position, wealth, and family in addition to his natural talents. He was sent to a school in Eton at the age of eight and was later privately tutored in Switzerland for two years. During this time away, Robert experienced the ways of the world and was much sought after by many women, whom he refused, passionately. Boyle also lived through a major thunderstorm which challenged his beliefs and certainly made him more faithful in his prayers. Boyle returned to England in 1644 when his father died to inherit a manor Stalbridge in Dorsetshire. Boyd tended to enjoy studying and writing, particularly on ethical and religious topics, becoming more and more interested in natural philosophy. Boyle, despite being interested in all sciences, he was particularly curious in chemistry. So, in England, Boyd set off to begin writing on what he'd learned during his scientific work, experiments, and the scientific method.


Sources:

~http://understandingscience.ucc.ie/pages/sci_robertboyle.htm

~http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/boyle_robert.shtml

Accomplishments

Robert Boyle was often called "The Father of Chemistry" because of his great feats in this field. Boyle even built a laboratory when he lived in Dorset, though he later moved to Oxford. It was in this new town that he would meet Robert Hooke, whom he would share the credit for one of the greatest inventions of his time: the vacuum chamber or air pump. During this time Boyle worked to display the importance of air for everyday things, like breathing or even hearing! Although, Boyle's ideas were easily thrown out at the time because the ways of discovery were based on who could argue the legitimacy of it based on what had already been discovered, Boyle's discoveries would live on.


Sources:

~http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/boyle_robert.shtml

~http://understandingscience.ucc.ie/pages/sci_robertboyle.htm

Impacts on Society

Boyle is mainly remembered for his law. Boyle's Law states that if the volume of a gas is decreased, the pressure increases proportionally. By his principals, the air must have been made of tiny particles. Boyle also determined the modern idea of an element. In addition, he also evoked a way to determine acids from bases and many other standard chemical tests.


Source:

~http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/boyle_robert.shtml

Robert Boyle