Robert Boyle

Scientist and Philosopher
Born Jan 25, 1627

Robert Boyle, was a 17th-century natural philosopher, chemist, physicist, and inventor, also noted for his writings in theology. He has been variously described as Irish, English and Anglo-Irish, his father having come to Ireland from England during the time of the Plantations.… Read More

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1627 Birth Born in 1627.


1644 17 Years Old Boyle returned to England from continental Europe in mid-1644 with a keen interest in scientific research. … Read More


1647 20 Years Old Having made several visits to his Irish estates beginning in 1647, Robert moved to Ireland in 1652 but became frustrated at his inability to make progress in his chemical work. … Read More
1654 27 Years Old In 1654, Boyle left Ireland for Oxford to pursue his work more successfully. … Read More


1657 30 Years Old Reading in 1657 of Otto von Guericke's air pump, he set himself with the assistance of Robert Hooke to devise improvements in its construction, and with the result, the "machina Boyleana" or "Pneumatical Engine", finished in 1659, he began a series of experiments on the properties of air.
1660 33 Years Old An account of Boyle's work with the air pump was published in 1660 under the title New Experiments Physico-Mechanicall, Touching the Spring of the Air, and its Effects. … Read More
1662 35 Years Old Boyle in 1662 included a reference to a paper written by Power, but mistakenly attributed it to Richard Towneley. … Read More
1663 36 Years Old As a founder of the Royal Society, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1663. … Read More


1668 41 Years Old In 1668 he left Oxford for London where he resided at the house of his elder sister Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh, in Pall Mall. … Read More
1669 42 Years Old In 1669 his health, never very strong, began to fail seriously and he gradually withdrew from his public engagements, ceasing his communications to the Royal Society, and advertising his desire to be excused from receiving guests, "unless upon occasions very extraordinary", on Tuesday and Friday forenoon, and Wednesday and Saturday afternoon. … Read More


1680 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1680 he was elected president of the society, but declined the honour from a scruple about oaths. … Read More


1689 62 Years Old Robert Boyle was an alchemist; and believing the transmutation of metals to be a possibility, he carried out experiments in the hope of achieving it; and he was instrumental in obtaining the repeal, in 1689, of the statute of Henry IV against multiplying gold and silver. … Read More
1691 65 Years Old His health became still worse in 1691, and he died on 31 December that year, just a week after the death of the sister with whom he had lived for more than twenty years. … Read More
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