Robert Boyle

Birth or Baptism date: 
January 25, 1627
Death or Burial date: 
December 31, 1691

Boyle was Oldenburg's patron. While his science, like Newton's, was rooted in alchemy, he was one of the developers of the modern scientific method. Now, Boyle is known as the first chemist. He had what Shapin calls a "house of experiment".

See the Robert Boyle Project based at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Lost letters to Boyle

William Wotton made a list of Boyle's letters, for a biography that Wotton never wrote. He noted letters written by Leeuwenhoek to Boyle some time in 1677, 1678, and 1688. See The Correspondence of Robert Boyle. There is no evidence that Boyle ever wrote to Leeuwenhoek.

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