Robert Boyle

Date 1627 - 1691
Biographical NotesNatural philosopher, born in Ireland, fourteenth child and youngest son of the first Earl of Cork (one of the richest noblemen in the British Isles). Best known as a pioneering chemist, proponent of the experimental method, and for formulating Boyle’s law. Boyle was an important early member of the Royal Society. He was present at its inaugural meeting in 1660 and was a frequent contributor to the Society's 'Philosophical Transactions' from the journal’s inception in 1665. Indeed, Boyle published his 'General Heads for a Natural History ...', an apodemic work of lasting influence, in the eleventh number of the first volume of the 'Philosophical Transactions'. At the age of 12 Boyle had accompanied one of his elder brothers on Grand Tour to further his education. See ODNB.
Work(s)Author of General Heads for the Natural History of a Country, Great or Small (1665) in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
Author of General Heads for the Natural History of a Country, Great or Small; Drawn out for the Use of Travellers and Navigators. Imparted by the late Honorable Robert Boyle ... To which is added, other directions for navigators, etc. with particular observations of the most noted countries in the world: by another hand (1692)