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Robert Boyle

English natural philosopher, chemist, physicist, and inventor

1627   -   1691

movement: free-thought
country of citizenship: England, Ireland
educated at: Eton College, University College
occupation: physicist, chemist, philosopher
award received: Fellow of the Royal Society
influenced by: Galileo Galilei, René Descartes, Francis Bacon, Cornelis Drebbel, Otto von Guericke, Ibn Tufayl

Robert Boyle (; 25 January 1627 – 31 December 1691) was an Anglo-Irish natural philosopher, chemist, physicist, and inventor. 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. Among his works, The Sceptical Chymist is seen as a cornerstone book in the field of chemistry. He was a devout and pious Anglican and is noted for his writings in theology.
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