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A Short Biography on Sir Robert Boyle

 Robert Boyle was born in Lismore Castle, Ireland in 1627. He grew up in a wealthy family that provided him with a conventional gentleman's education. School got him interested in medicine and the studies of Galileo. This was the foundation for everything he would discover later in his life.
Boyle became known for his outstanding ability to comprehend the scientific fields. He founded of the Royal Society, one of the most profound science study groups in the world. He believed in the fact that you must have experimentation to explain scientific theories. What he is best known for, though, are his experiments on gases that helped him put together the formula of a law, which became known as Boyle's Law. Boyle's Law states that the volume of a gas, remaining at a constant temperature, varies inversely to the pressure applied to the gas. After coming up with Boyle's Law, Boyle continued his scientific research in chemistry. He helped improve the air pump, which aided him with his investigation to reveal the nature of vacuums. His next greatest contribution would be disproving the theory that air, earth, fire, and water were the elements of all matter. He argued that the motion of atoms, which he called "corpuscles", caused the basic physical properties. These were the main contributions that Boyle made to the world.
He lived in England for a majority of his life. Boyle spent a great deal of his life to help make scientific advancements in the world. Afterwards, he wrote a few books describing his many experiments in great detail. He died in 1691, at age 64, and is considered to be the founder of modern chemistry.


Sir Robert Boyle

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