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Robert Boyle
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Scientist
    (January 25, 1627-December 30, 1691)
    Born in Lismore, Ireland
    Natural philosopher/chemist/physicist
    Founding member of the Royal Society (1660)
    Designed an improved vacuum pump (1660)
    Wrote 'The Sceptical Chymist' (1661)
    Namesake of Boyle's Law: For an ideal gas at a fixed temperature, volume and pressure are inversely proportional (as the pressure increases, the volume decreases)
    Considered one of the founders of modern chemistry
    He was born into wealth and privilege.
    He believed in alchemy and reported to the Royal Society that he was on the verge of transmuting mercury into gold (1676).
    Although Boyle's Law was named for him, it had first been proposed by Henry Power.
    During the last years of his life, he became increasingly reclusive and cut off communications with the Royal Society.
    He learned Latin and Greek before age nine.
    He was one of the first scientists to advocate developing theories based on experimental results instead of philosophy and logic.
    Although Power first proposed Boyle's Law, Boyle was the one who proved it experimentally.

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