The President, Council, and Fellows of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, commonly known as the Royal Society, is a learned society for science and is possibly the oldest such society still in existence.

John Evelyn help found the Society — the first proposal was given by John Evelyn to Robert Boyle in a letter dated 3 September 1659; he suggested a grander scheme, with apartments for members and a central research institute.

Founded in November 1660, it was granted a royal charter by King Charles II as “The Royal Society”



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  • Diary, Wikipedia.