“The Shannon Portrait of the Hon. Robert Boyle F. R. S. (1627-1691)’ by Johann Kerseboom. 1689.

Robert William Boyle FRS (January 1627 – December 1691) was an Anglo-Irish natural philosopher, chemist, physicist and inventor born in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland.

Robert was a friend of John Evelyn’s and the two exchanged letters — most famously when Evelyn sent Boyle a proposal around the formation of the Royal Society.

Boyle is largely regarded today as the first modern chemist, and therefore one of the founders of modern chemistry, and one of the pioneers of modern experimental scientific method. He is best known for Boyle’s law, which describes the inversely proportional relationship between the absolute pressure and volume of a gas, if the temperature is kept constant within a closed system.

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  • Diary, Wikipedia.