Boyle, Robert

Boyle, Robert
Irish scientist. Born the fourteenth son of the first earl of Cork, Boyle was able to pursue an independent life devoted to scientific and academic matters. He was the most important British chemist of his time, whose work on gases is remembered in Boyle's law. He was an important figure in the 17th-century rejection of Aristotelian emphases on final causes, believing that all the properties of materials can be explained by the size, shape, and motion of particles, and the textures to which their associations give rise. His major work was The Sceptical Chemist (1661), but he wrote widely not only on chemical but on philosophical and theological matters. His General History of the Air was published in 1692. His conception of the qualities of things, and the division between primary and secondary qualities, was a major influence on Locke.

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  • Boyle,Robert — Boyle, Robert. 1627 1691. Irish born British physicist and chemist whose precise definitions of chemical elements and reactions began the separation of chemistry from alchemy. In 1662 he formulated Boyle s law. * * * …   Universalium

  • Boyle, Robert — born Jan. 25, 1627, Lismore Castle, County Waterford, Ire. died Dec. 31, 1691, London, Eng. Irish born English chemist and natural philosopher. The son of Richard Boyle, the Great Earl of Cork (1566–1643), he settled at Oxford in 1654 and, with… …   Universalium

  • Boyle , Robert — (1627–1691) British chemist and physicist The son of the Earl of Cork, and born at Lismore Castle, now in the Republic of Ireland, Boyle was a member of an aristocratic and wealthy family. He spent four years at Eton College and from 1638 studied …   Scientists

  • Boyle, Robert — ► (1627 91) Físico y químico irlandés que perfeccionó la máquina neumática y descubrió la absorción del oxígeno en la combustión. Estudió en The Sceptical Chymist (1661) el concepto de elemento como parte más pequeña de la materia. * * * (25 ene …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Boyle, Robert — See Science and British philosophy …   History of philosophy

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  • Robert Boyle — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Robert Boyler , 25 de enero de 1627 Londres, 30 de diciembre de 1691) físico y químico irlandes, principalmente conocido por su formulación de la Ley de Boyle Mariotte. Es considerado uno de los padres de la química… …   Wikipedia Español

  • BOYLE (R.) — BOYLE ROBERT (1627 1691) Né à Lismore (Irlande) et mort à Londres, le plus jeune des quatorze enfants de Richard Boyle, comte de Cork. Après des études à Eton, Robert Boyle reçoit à Genève une éducation très libérale et y étudie les mathématiques …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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