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Robert Boyle Robert Boyle was born in Ireland in the county of Waterford in the city of Lismore on the 25th of January 1627 His father Richard Boyle Earl of Cork had left England in 1588 Roberts mother Catherine Fenton Boyle was Richards second wife Robert was the seventh son His parents had a total of fifteen children At the age of twelve Roberts father sent him on a tour of Europe eventually leading him to Geneva There he began to study with a private tutor mathematics and he grew very well acquainted with the most useful part of arithmetic geometry with its subordinates the doctrine of the sphere that of the globe and fortification There had been a civil war going on in England at the time When the war had finished Cromwell granted Irish lands to the English colonists As a result of this Richard became a very rich man He then no longer had a need for a source of income and was able to devote both himself and his time to science He contributed to physics and chemistry His biggest contribution being Boyles Law which relates volume and pressure in a gas The law describes an ideal gas This law can be found in the appendix written to Boyles work New Experiments Physio Mechanical Touching the Springs of the Air and its Effects Using a vacuum he discovered that sound did not travel in a vacuum he proved that fire required air to burn and he tested airs elastic properties Robert published his findings through the Royal Society of which he was a founding fellow He aimed towards establishing chemistry as a mathematical science He argued a mechanistic theory of matter Its complex look is actually just simple mathematical laws applied to simple fundamental particles In 1670 Boyle had a stroke He slowly regained his health and continued to conduct research and experiment In
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