Robert Boyle, Anglo-Irish chemist

Robert Boyle, Anglo-Irish chemist

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Credit: GREGORY TOBIAS/CHEMICAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Robert Boyle (1627-1691), Anglo-Irish chemist. Boyle established chemistry as a separate science and stressed the need for experimental precision and accurate observation. He postulated the existence of a range of chemical elements. He carried out a wide range of experiments on gases, and devised analytical tests (acid-base indicators and flame tests). Boyle's Law on gases is named for him. 'The Skeptical Chymist' (1661) was his major work. Mezzotint engraving by John Faber (1684-1756) of the marble bust of 1732 by Italian Giovanni Battista Guelphi for the Hermitage of Queen Caroline in the Royal Garden at Richmond.

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