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Robert Hooke (1635-1703), British scientist. Hooke made numerous discoveries in fields as diverse as astronomy and microbiology, and his name is remembered in Hooke's Law, which relates the load on a spring to its extension. However, no portraits of the man remain, and even this bust was based only on written descriptions of him. The reason for this incredible fact is controversial. Some point the finger at Sir Isaac Newton, who died 24 years later and is rumoured to have eradicted Hooke's likeness from history due to their long rivalry. Hooke and Newton worked in similar fields, and clashed over light and gravitation amongst other things. This bust is at the Hooke Museum on the Isle of Wight, UK.
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