Boyle, The Hon. Robert

   Natural Philosopher and chemist, 7th s. of the 1st Earl of Cork, was b. at Lismore, Co. Waterford, and ed. at Eton and by private tutors, after which he pursued his studies on the Continent. On his return to England he devoted himself to the study of science, especially natural philosophy and chemistry. He was one of the founders of the Royal Society, and, by his experiments and observations added to existing knowledge, especially in regard to pneumatics. He at the same time devoted much study to theology; so much indeed that he was strongly urged by Lord Clarendon to enter the Church. Thinking, however, that he could serve the cause of religion better as a layman, he declined this advice. As a director of the East India Co. he did much for the propagation of Christianity in the East, and for the dissemination of the Bible. He also founded the "Boyle Lectures" in defence of Christianity. He declined the offer of a peerage. B. was a man of great intellectual acuteness, and remarkable for his conversational powers. Among his writings are Origin of Forms and Qualities, Experiments touching Colour, Hydrostatical Paradoxes, and Observations on Cold; in theology, Seraphic Love. His complete works were pub. in 5 vols. in 1744.

Short biographical dictionary of English literature . . 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • BOYLE, THE HON. ROBERT —    a distinguished natural philosopher, born at Lismore, of the Orrery family; devoted his life and contributed greatly to science, especially chemistry, as well as pneumatics; was one of the originators of the Royal Society ; being a student of… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • BOYLE LECTURES —    the lectureship founded by the Hon. Robert Boyle in 1691, and held for a tenure of three years, the endowment being £50 per annum; the lecturer must deliver eight lectures in defence of Christianity, and some of the most eminent men have held… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Robert King, 1st Viscount Lorton — Robert Edward King, 1st Viscount Lorton (12 August 1773 20 November 1854), elected a representative peer in 1823, was an Irish peer.General Hon. Robert Edward King, born in London at his parents s town house, was the third child and second son of …   Wikipedia

  • The Irish (in Countries Other Than Ireland) —     The Irish (in countries other than Ireland)     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The Irish (in countries other than Ireland)     I. IN THE UNITED STATES     Who were the first Irish to land on the American continent and the time of their arrival are …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Science and British philosophy: Boyle and Newton — G.A.J.Rogers INTRODUCTION Achievements in the natural sciences in the period from Nicholas Copernicus (1473– 1543) to the death of Isaac Newton (1642–1727) changed our whole understanding of the nature of the universe and of the ways in which we… …   History of philosophy

  • Richard Boyle, 4th Earl of Shannon — (12 May, 1809 1 August, 1868) was a British politician of the Whig party. He served as Member of Parliament for Cork County from 1830 to 1832. [ [ Listing of the Earls of Shannon and their …   Wikipedia

  • Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork — The 1st Earl of Cork. Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork (13 October 1566 – 15 September 1643), also known as the Great Earl of Cork, was Lord Treasurer of the Kingdom of Ireland. Boyle was an important figure in the continuing English colonization… …   Wikipedia

  • Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland — The Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is the British Sovereign s personal representative to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (the Kirk), reflecting the Church s role as the national church of… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty — This is a list of Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty (incomplete before the Restoration, 1660). The Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, were the members of the Board of Admiralty, which exercised the office of Lord High Admiral when it was… …   Wikipedia

  • Members of the 3rd UK Parliament from Ireland — 2nd Parliament (1802) 3rd Parliament (1806) 4th Parliament (1807) This is a list of the MPs for Irish constituencies, who were elected at the United Kingdom general election, 1806, to serve as Members of the 3rd UK Parliament from Ireland, or who …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.