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The Top 100 Heroes of Western Culture
These individuals have most contributed to replacing ignorance with knowledge, savagery with civilization, disease with health, tyranny with liberty, poverty with abundance, and despair with happiness.



#36: Robert Boyle (1627-1691)

Robert Boyle (1627-1691) was an Irish-born physicist, inventor and philosopher and arguably the first modern chemist. Boyle was also one of the first prominent scientists to publish his work with elaborate details regarding procedure, apparatus and observations.

Boyle made leaps forward in understanding that elements are the basic constituents of material bodies. In addition, he made the distinction between mixtures and compounds and put forth a technique for detecting their ingredients: chemical analysis.

Through his contributions, Boyle succeeded in not merely being a father of modern chemistry, but also in being a founder of the modern scientific method -- the method upon which much of advanced civilization depends.



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