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
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