Denis Papin and Robert Boyle, engraving

Denis Papin and Robert Boyle, engraving

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Caption: Denis Papin and Robert Boyle. Engraving of the French scientist Denis Papin (1647- 1712), and Irish chemist Robert Boyle (1627- 91), discussing their experiments using air pumps in 1675. Air pumps had been invented by Otto von Guericke in the late 1640s. Boyle (right) heard of this discovery in 1657 and devised an improved pump with the help of Robert Hooke. Boyle was introduced to the work of Papin by Leibniz. Papin had worked on air pumps under Huygens in Paris and moved to London, UK, in 1675. He assisted Boyle with his air pump experiments during 1676-1679. Papin invented the double-acting air pump.

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