Their respective contributions to science, technology, theology and mathematics laid the foundations for modern science and influenced generations of scholars to come, including the likes of Isaac Newton.
In 1655 Robert Boyle and assistant Robert Hooke began a series of experiments on the properties of air, leading to the writing of Boyle’s Law.
Largely considered to be the first modern chemist, Boyle is not only a founder of modern chemistry but also a pioneer of modern experimental scientific method. A student of Boyle, Hooke was a man of many talents. He discovered the law of elasticity, which bears his name, coined the word ‘cell’ and rebuilt London alongside Christoper Wren following the Great Fire in 1666.
“There is no less invention in aptly applying a thought found in a book, than being the first author of the thought”