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 letter to Boyle

In William Wotton's list of Boyle letters, for a biography that Wotton never wrote: "263 Msr. Leeuwenhoek 88".

Wotton's no. 272 is Leeuwenhoek's letter of 12 January 1689, so this lost letter no. 263 must be before that in 1688.

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