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Authorised form of nameBoyle; Robert (1627 - 1691); natural philosopher and Chemist
SurnameBoyle
ForenamesRobert
Dates1627 - 1691
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Lismore Castle, Munster, Ireland (25 January 1627)
Death:
London (30 December 1691)
Burial:
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster
ActivityResearch Field:
Natural philosophy, physics, chemistry
Education:
Eton College (1635-1638); Leyden; DMed (1665, Oxford )
Career:
Travelled to Geneva with his tutor Marcombes, and his brother Francis (1638-1640), and to Italy (1641-1642), returned to Geneva after money sent by his father was embezzled and lived on credit there; left Irish property worth £3000 a year and the manor of Stallbridge, Dorset, by his father; returned to England (1644) and began practising chemistry; visited his Irish estates (1652-1653), where with the help of Sir William Petty FRS he engaged in anatomical dissection; Governor of the Corporation for the Spread of the Gospel in new England (1661-1689); paid for the translation of the Bible into Arabic and several other languages (1685-1686); Director of the Honorable East India Company; offered and declined post of Provost of Eton (1665); repeatedly refused a peerage; lived with his sister, Lady Ranelagh (1668-1691); by his will, founded the Boyle Lectures for the defence of Christianity against unbelievers
Royal Society activityMembership:
Founder Fellow
Election Date:
28/11/1660
Council:
1660 and declined Presidency of the Royal Society (1680)
RelationshipsFourteenth child, seventh son of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork, and his second wife, Catherine, daughter of Sir Geoffrey Fenton, Principal Secretary of State for Ireland; uncle of Richard Boyle (FRS 1663), Charles Boyle, Viscount Dungarvan (FRS 1664) and of Richard Jones, 1st Earl of Ranelagh (FRS 1663); unmarried
Published works'Experiments and Notes About the Mechanical Origine or Production of Electricity' (London) 1675 1st edition held in Burndy Library, located at Huntingdon Library in San Marino, Claifornia, USA from autumn 2006.
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Foster; Aubrey
References:
W H G Armytage, 'The Royal Society and the Apothecaries' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 22-37
Sir Irvine Masson and A J Youngson, 'Sir William Petty, FRS (1623-1687)' in NR 1960 vol 15 pp 79-90
Robert Birley, 'Robert Boyle's Head Master at Eton' in NR 1958 vol 13 pp 104-114
Robert Birley, 'Robert Boyle at Eton' in NR 1959 vol 14 p 191
Richard A Hunter and Ida Macalpine, 'William Harvey and Robert Boyle' in NR 1958 vol 13 pp 115-127
R K Bluhm, 'A Guide to the Archives of the Royal Society and to other Manuscripts in its Possession' in NR 1956-57 vol 12 pp 21-39
R E W Maddison, 'Studies in the Life of Robert Boyle, FRS. Part V. Boyle's Operator: Ambrose Godfrey Hanckwitz, FRS' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 159-188
R E W Maddison, 'Studies in the Life of Robert Boyle, FRS. Part IV. Robert Boyle and Some of his Foreign Visitors' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 38-53
R E W Maddison, 'Studies in the Life of Robert Boyle, FRS. Part III. The Charitable Disposal of Robert Boyle's Residuary Estate' in NR 1953 vol 10 pp 15-27
R E W Maddison, 'A Tentative Index of the Correspondence of the Honourable Robert Boyle, FRS' in NR 1958 vol 13 pp 128-201
R K Bluhm, 'Henry Oldenburg, FRS (c. 1615-1677)' in NR 1960 vol 15 pp 183-197
R E W Maddison, 'Studies in the Life of Robert Boyle, FRS. Part VII. The Grand Tour' in NR 1965 vol 20 pp 51-77
R E W Maddison, 'Studies in the Life of Robert Boyle, FRS. Part VI. The Stalbridge Period, 1645-1655, and the Invisible College' in NR 1963 vol 18 pp 104-124
Marie Boas Hall, 'What Happened to the Latin Edition of Boyle's History of Cold?' in NR 1962 vol 17 pp 32-35
Marie Boas Hall, 'Henry Miles, FRS (1698-1763) and Thomas Birch, FRS (1705-66)' in NR 1963 vol 18 pp 39-44
Margaret Deacon, 'Founders of Marine Science in Britain: the Work of the Early Fellows of the Royal Society' in NR 1965 vol 20 pp 28-50
L M Payne, Leonard G Wilson and Sir Harold Hartley, 'William Croone, FRS (1633-1684)' in NR 1960 vol 15 pp 211-219
Kenneth Dewhurst, 'Locke's Contribution to Boyle's Researches on the Air and on Human Blood' in NR 1962 vol 17 pp 198-206
John F Fulton, 'The Honourable Robert Boyle, FRS (1627-1692)' in NR 1960 vol 15 pp 119-135, plate
J A Lohne, 'Isaac Newton: the Rise of a Scientist 1661-1671' in NR 1965 vol 20 pp 125-139
H A Feisenberger, 'The Libraries of Newton, Hooke and Boyle' in NR 1966 vol 21 pp 42-55
G H Turnbull, 'Samuel Hartlib's Influence on the Early History of the Royal Society' in NR 1953 vol 10 pp 101-130
E N da C Andrade, 'The Birth and Early Days of the Philosophical Transactions' in NR 1965 vol 20 pp 9-27
Douglas McKie, 'The Origins and Foundation of the Royal Society of London' in NR 1960 vol 15 pp 1-37
A D Atkinson, 'The Royal Society and English Vocabulary' in NR 1956-57 vol 12 pp 40-43
A Rupert Hall and Marie Boas Hall, 'Some Hitherto Unknown Facts about the Private Career of Henry Oldenburg
A Rupert Hall and Marie Boas Hall, 'Further Notes on Henry Oldenburg' in NR 1968 vol 23 pp 33-42
C S S, 'The Society's Library' in NR 1938 vol 1 pp 21-27
A C S, 'Notes on the Foundation and History of the Royal Society' in NR 1938 vol 1 pp 32-36
John Hedley Brooke, 'Wise men nowadays think otherwise': John Ray, natural theology and the meanings of anthropocentrism' in NR 2000 vol 54 pp 199-213
Marco Beretta, 'At the source of Western science: the organization of experimentalism at the Accadmeia del Cimento (1657-1667)' in NR 2000 vol 54 pp 131-151
Quentin Bone, 'Favourite or Outsider?', review of George Bartle, An Old Radical and his Brood and Joyce Youings, ed, Sir John Bowring, 1792-1872: Aspects of his Life and Career in NR 1996 vol 50 pp 142-144, plate
Colin A Russell, 'The Secret Alchemist', review of L M Principe, The Aspiring Adept: Robert Boyle and his Alchemical Quest in NR 1999 vol 53 pp 371-372
Guy Meynell, 'Locke, Boyle and Peter Stahl' in NR 1995 vol 49 pp 185-192
Iordan Avramov, 'An Apprenticeship in Scientific Communication: the Early Correspondence of Henry Oldenburg (1656-63)' in NR 1999 vol 53 pp 187-201
Lawrence M Principe, 'Newly Discovered Boyle Documents in the Royal Society Archive: Alchemical Tracts and his Student Notebook' in NR 1995 vol 49 pp 57-70
Marie Boas Hall, 'Boyle Anatomized', review of Michael Hunter, ed, Robert Boyle by Himself and his Friends with a Fragment of William Wotton's Lost "Life of Boyle" in NR 1995 vol 49 pp 334-335, plate
Sir Alan Cook, 'Ladies in the Scientific Revolution' in NR 1997 vol 51 pp 1-12
Marie Boas Hall, 'Frederick Slare, FRS (1648-1727)' in NR 1992 vol 46 pp 23-41
Simon Schaffer, 'The Glorious Revolution and Medicine in Britain and the Netherlands' in NR 1989 vol 43 pp 167-190
Stephen F Mason, 'A Theosophical Boyle?', review of Michael Hunter, ed, Robert Boyle Reconsidered in NR 1994 vol 48 pp 317-319, plate
Kathleen H Ochs, 'The Royal Society of London's History of Trades Programme: An Early Episode in Applied Science' in NR 1984-85 vol 39 pp 129-158
Marie Boas Hall, 'Boyle's Method of Work: Promoting His Corpuscular Philosophy' in NR 1986-87 vol 41 pp 111-143
Michael Hunter, 'The Social Bias and Changing Fortunes of an Early Scientific Institution: An Analysis of the Membership of the Royal Society, 1660-1685' in NR 1976-7 vol 31 pp 9-114
P M Rattansi, 'The Intellectual Origins of the Royal Society' in NR 1968 vol 23 pp 129-143
Penelope M Gouk, 'Acoustics in the Early Royal Society 1660-1680' in NR 1981-82 vol 36 pp 155-175
Robert G Frank, Jr, 'John Aubrey, FRS, John Lydall, and Science at Commonwealth Oxford' in NR 1972-3 vol 27 pp 193-217
W E Knowles Middleton, 'Some Italian Visitors to the Early Royal Society' in NR 1978-9 vol 33 pp 157-173
R Lewis, 'The publication of John Wilkins's Essay (1668): some contextual considerations' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp133-146
S Mandelbrote, 'From Bremen to Pall Mall. Henry Oldenburg. Shaping The Royal Society, by M B Hall' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 389-390
A Cook, '1703 and other anniversaries' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 1-2
N J W Thrower, 'Samuel Pepys FRS (1633-1733) and The Royal Society' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 3-13
W Hayes, 'Physics as well as poetry. Physicists of Ireland, edited by M McCartney and A Whitaker' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 245-246
J H Appleby, 'The founding of St Petersburg in the context of the Royal Society's relationship with Russia' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 273-284
A Cook, 'Rome and the Royal Society, 1660-1740' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 3-19
L Jardine, 'The 2003 Wilkins Lecture: Dr Wilkins's boy wonders' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 107-129
J S Rowlinson, 'Displacing Phlogiston. Robert Siegfried, From elements to atoms: a history of chemical composition' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 242-243
M Hunter, 'Report. Robert Boyle for the 21st Century' in NR 2005 vol 59 pp 87-90
J Gribbin, 'The Fellowship', 2005, pp141-147
A M Roos 'Hunting Robert Boyle: Michael Hunter and Boyle's life and letters ' - Essay review of 'Boyle: etween God and science' 2009, Yale University Press. In NR 2011 vol 65 pp 311-315
D T Burns ' Previously unrecorded Dutch citations and versions of some of the scientific publications of Robert Boyle FRS' NR 2011 vol 65 pp 295-300
Notes:
See also: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/boyle
Royal Society codeNA8137
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/B1/89Robert Boyle to Henry Oldenburg27 August 1665
EL/B1/55Copy of a letter from John Beale to Robert Boyle12 October 1670
IM/000505Boyle, Robert2001
EL/B1/93Robert Boyle to Henry Oldenburg14 October 1665
EL/OB/108John Beale to Robert BoyleDecember 1663
RBO/1/22'An Experimentall Account of the Compression of Aire Made by Mr Boyle'2 October 1661
EL/OB/20Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle27 October 1664
RBC/1/25'An Experimentall Account of the Compression of Aire Made by Mr Boyle'2 October 1661
EL/OB/133John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle12 October 1670
EL/B1/24John Beale to Robert Boyle25 February 1662
IM/000497Boyle, Robert2001
EL/B1/79Extract from a letter to Robert Boyle1663
EL/B1/88Robert Boyle to Henry Oldenburg12 August 1665
MS/41A commonplace book of medical or pharmaceutical recipes
EL/B1/101Robert Boyle to Henry Oldenburg23 December 1665
EL/B1/80Paper by Robert Boylend
EL/B1/40Copy of a letter from John Beale to Robert Boyle25 April 1664
EL/B1/23John Beale to Robert Boyle23 February 1662
EL/B1/87Robert Boyle to Henry Oldenburg6 August 1665
EL/B1/90Robert Boyle to Henry Oldenburg18 September 1665
EL/B1/94Robert Boyle to Henry OldenburgOctober 1665
EL/OB/115John Beale, dated at Yeovil, to Robert Boyle7 September 1665
EL/B1/99Robert Boyle to Henry Oldenburg18 November 1665
EL/C1/105Israel Conradt to Robert Boyle1672
EL/B1/92Robert Boyle to Henry Oldenburg30 September 1665
EL/B1/84Robert Boyle to Henry Oldenburg20 June 1665
MM/1/15Letter from Francis Boyle, Viscount Shannon, Shannon Park, to Robert Boyle 23 March 1692
EL/B1/100Robert Boyle at Stanton to Henry Oldenburg9 December 1665
EL/B1/98Robert Boyle at Oxford to Henry Oldenburg11 November 1665
EL/OB/123John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle7 May 1666
EL/OB/19Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle22 October 1664
EL/OB/121John Beale to Robert Boyle18 April 1666
EL/OB/119John Beale to Robert Boyle6 February 1665
EL/OB/109John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle14 December 1663
EL/OB/110John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle11 January 1663
EL/OB/49Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle13 March 1666
EL/OB/15Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle6 October 1664
EL/OB/46Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle27 January 1666
EL/OB/57Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle2 October 1666
EL/OB/45Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle16 January 1666
EL/OB/135John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle13 November 1671
EL/OB/129John Beale to Robert Boyle7 January 1666
EL/OB/48Henry Oldenburg to Robert Boyle6 March 1666
EL/OB/18Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle20 October 1664
EL/OB/84Henry Oldenbur, dated at London, to Robert Boyle10 March 1668
EL/OB/73Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle17 December 1667
EL/OB/100John Beale to Robert Boyle25 February 1663
EL/OB/70Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle25 November 1667
EL/OB/103John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle2 October 1663
EL/OB/125John Beale to Robert Boyle30 July 1666
EL/OB/105John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle9 November 1663
EL/OB/37Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle5 October 1665
EL/OB/4Henry Oldenburg, dated at Saumur, to Robert Boyle29 March 1658
EL/OB/17Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle13 October 1664
EL/OB/97John Beale to Robert Boyle4 October 1661
EL/OB/33Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle24 August 1665
EL/OB/102John Beale to Robert Boyle29 September 1663
EL/OB/27Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle26 November 1664
EL/OB/23Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle10 November 1664
EL/OB/39Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle17 October 1665
EL/OB/60Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle15 November 1666
EL/OB/51Henry Oldenburg to Robert Boyle24 March 1666
EL/OB/54Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle10 September 1666
EL/OB/106John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle9 November 1663
EL/OB/43Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle19 December 1665
EL/OB/34Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle29 August 1665
EL/OB/75Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle31 December 1667
EL/OB/101John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle28 September 1663
EL/OB/117John Beale to Robert Boyle9 November 1665
EL/OB/69Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle12 November 1667
EL/OB/72Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle10 December 1667
EL/OB/132John Beale to Robert Boyle28 January 1666
EL/OB/99John Beale to Robert Boyle25 February 1663
EL/OB/138John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle31 December 1673
EL/OB/113John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle25 April 1664
EL/OB/114John Beale to Robert Boyle27 May 1665
EL/OB/98John Beale to Robert Boyle23 February 1662
EL/OB/124John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle13 July 1666
EL/OB/79Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle4 February 1668
EL/OB/29Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle10 December 1664
EL/OB/83Henry Oldenburg to Robert Boyle3 March 1667
EL/OB/80Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle11 February 1667
EL/OB/137John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle26 October 1672
EL/OB/90Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle7 April 1668
EL/OB/111John Beale to Robert Boyle18 January 1663
EL/OB/139John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle29 November 1676
EL/OB/130John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle24 January 1666
EL/OB/144John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle1 July 1682
EL/OB/143John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle26 June 1682
EL/OB/116John Beale to Robert Boyle11 October 1665
EL/OB/112John Beale to Robert Boyle21 January 1663
EL/OB/88Henry Oldenburg to Robert Boylend
EL/OB/118John Beale to Robert Boyle6 February 1665
EL/OB/21Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle3 November 1664
EL/OB/107John Beale to Robert Boyle21 November 1663
EL/OB/131John Beale to Robert BoyleJanuary 1666
EL/OB/134John Beale to Robert Boyle2 September 1671
EL/OB/142John Beale to Robert Boyle2 March 1680
EL/OB/145John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle8 July 1682
EL/OB/104John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle2 November 1663
EL/OB/42Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle5 December 1665
EL/OB/141John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle16 February 1680
EL/OB/32Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle10 August 1665
EL/OB/40Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle31 October 1665
EL/OB/91Henry Oldenburg to Robert Boyle14 April 1668
EL/OB/74Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle24 December 1667
EL/OB/126John Beale to Robert Boyle10 August 1666
EL/T/7David Thomas, dated at St Mary Blandford, to Robert Boyle30 January 1664
EL/B1/96Robert Boyle to Henry Oldenburg28 October 1665
EL/B1/95Robert Boyle, dated at Oxford, to Henry Oldenburg22 October 1665
IM/000495Boyle, Robert2002
RBO/4/54'Experimental Notes of the Mechanical Origine or Production of Fixtness' by Robert Boyle1674
EL/OB/76Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle7 January 1667
EL/OB/89Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle30 March 1668
EL/OB/5Henry Oldenburg, dated at Paris, to Robert Boyle17 May 1659
EL/OB/7Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle10 June 1663
EL/OB/65Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle1 October 1667
EL/OB/55Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle18 September 1666
EL/OB/58Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle16 October 1666
EL/OB/47Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle24 February 1666
RBO/3/38'General Heads for making the Natural History of a Country' by Robert Boyle9 May 1666
RBO/2ii/61'To prevent the Rott in Sheep' by Robert Boyle14 October 1663
RBC/1/1'Questions Propounded by Lord Brouncker and Mr Boyle and agreed upon to be sent to Tenariffe'2 January 1660
RBC/2/85'Tryals proposed by Robert Boyle to Dr Lower to be made by him, for the Improvement of the Experiment of Transfusing blood out of one live Animal into another'1666
IM/005463Boyle, RobertMarch 2000
RBO/1/1'Questions Propounded and agreed uppon to be sent to Tenariff' devised by Lord Brouncker and Mr Boyle 2 January 1661
RBC/2/34Observations of Mr Clayton's Diamond by Robert Boyle1663
RBO/6/119'Account of great haile fallen in France' by Robert Boylend
RBO/4/35'The Phaenomena of an Experiment about Freezing' brought in by Robert Boyle1671
P/0010Portrait of Boyle, Robert
RBO/2i/77'Observations made 27th October 1663 about Mr Clayton's Diamond' by Robert Boyle1663
RBO/4/43'Some Observations about Shining Flesh' by Robert Boyle1672
RBO/3/46'Tryals proposed by Robert Boyle Esq to Dr Lower to be made by him for the Improvement of the Experiment of Transfusing Bloud out of one live Animal into another'1666
RBO/2ii/64'Observations made by Mr Boyle on 27 of October 1663 about Mr Claytons Diamond'1663
IM/005533Boyle, Robertnd
RBC/2/31'To Prevent the Rott in Sheep' by Robert Boyle14 October 1663
CLP/21/10Paper, Account of two of Robert Boyle's books on nature by Edmund Halley1686
RBO/3/68'Some New Experiments about Light and Air: Tryed by Robert Boyle'29 October 1667
CLP/15i/9How to prevent rot in sheep by Robert Boyle14 October 1663
IM/005359Boyle, Robertnd
CLP/17/9Observations and trials to show the resemblances and differences between a burning coal and shining wood by Robert Boylend
RBO/2i/72'To prevent the Rott in Sheep' by Robert Boyle14 October 1663
DM/5/73E'Experiments and Matters recommended to Mr William Balle'1664
CLP/11i/21Robert Boyle's way of making phosphorus30 September 1680
IM/005403Boyle, Robert1992
IM/005354Boyle, Robert1994
IM/000501Boyle, Robert1991
EL/OB/1Henry Oldenburg, dated at Oxford, to Robert Boyle15 April 1657
MS/23A catalogue of books in the library of Robert Boyle and some theological notes
MS/44Commonplace book mainly of arithmetic17th Century
IM/000502Boyle, Robertnd
IM/000496Boyle, Robert2001
IM/000500Boyle, Robert2000
IM/005534Boyle, Robertnd
IM/000499Boyle, Robertnd
EL/OB/10Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle25 August 1664
MS/366/3/3Mr Boyle's experiments (with air pump)1660s
IM/000504Robert Boyle's School, Yetminster, wall plaque1989
NLB/1/488Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Mr Dyer, 8 Orchard Street, Portman Square30 June 1887
NLB/6/539Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir Henry Wentworth Dyke Acland, Fellow of the Royal Society30 May 1892
CLP/4i/15Paper, 'A new frigorick experiment by Robert Boyle showing how a considerable degree of cold may be suddainly produced with out the help of snow, ice, haile, wind, or niter, and that at any time of the year' by an anonymous author1666
MS/390/21Bond of Robert Boyle to the Treasurer of the Royal Society25 November 1674
NLB/57/723Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Messrs Constable & Co Ltd; 10 Orange Street, WC 228 January 1920
CLP/24/70Account, 'An account of Mr. [Robert] Boyle's experiments on air' by Henry Oldenburg30 April 1669
EL/D1/34Abbe de Dangeau, dated at Calais, to Henry Oldenburg1677
MS/25Medical Notebooks of Robert Boyle17th century
NLB/62/311Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to C. J. Thompson Esquire; 54A Wigmore Street, W.l.20 January 1922
EL/OB/3Henry Oldenburg to Robert Boylend
NLB/67/605Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to [John Farquhar] Fulton Esq.; Bradmore Road, Oxford26 January 1925
NLB/70/189Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Reverend the Vicar of St Martins in the Fields, W.C.2.27 January 1927
RBThe Robert Boyle Collection17th century
CLP/4i/21Paper, 'A new experiment on the effect of the varying weight of the atmosphere on some bodies in the water' by Robert Boyle1671
CLP/20/69Paper, Abstract of Mr. [Robert] Boyle's treatise of languid motions by Robert Hooke17 February 1686
CLP/22i/38Paper, Account of 'Medicina hydrostatica or hydrostaticks applied to the materia medica shewing how by the weight that divers dodies used in physick have in water, one may discover whether they be genuine or adulterate' by Robert Boyle4 February 1690
CLP/4i/48/2Drawing, great hail fallen in France communicated by Robert Boyle1686
CLP/4i/20Paper, 'Some new experiments about light and aire' by Robert Boyle1667
EL/A/13Partial translation of a letter, from Adrian Auzout to Henry Oldenburg1666
CLP/4i/48/1Paper, 'Account of Great Haile fallen in France' communicated by Robert Boyle1686
CLP/4i/48Paper, 'Account of Great Haile fallen in France' communicated by Robert Boyle1686
CLP/6/51Paper, account of Robert Boyle's method of how to examine water for freshness and saltiness.30 October 1683
P/0011Portrait of Boyle, Robert
EL/OB/41Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle21 November 1665
EL/OB/77Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle14 January 1667
RBC/2/79'A New Frigorifick Experiment shewing How a considerable Degree of Cold may be suddenly produced without the help of Snow, Ice, Haile Wind or Nitre; And that at any time of the year brought in by Mr Boyle'1666
EL/B1/82Robert Boyle to Henry OldenburgNovember 1664
DM/5/60Minute of a meeting of a Committee to be appointed 'to consider of Mr Buckland's proposition to plant potatoes through all the parts of England' 20 March 1662
DM/5/101A list of benefactors to the Museum, to the value of £5 or upwards at one time c.1737
EL/OB/25Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle19 November 1664
EL/B1/86Robert Boyle to Henry Oldenburg23 July 1665
EL/B1/91Robert Boyle to Henry Oldenburg24 September 1665
EL/B1/85Robert Boyle to Henry Oldenburg8 July 1665
EL/OB/61Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle3 September 1667
EL/OB/30Henry Oldenburg to Robert BoyleJune 1665
EL/OB/35Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle18 September 1665
EL/OB/52Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert BoyleMarch 1666
EL/OB/2Henry Oldenburg, dated at Saumur, to Robert Boyle8 September 1657
EL/OB/68Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle24 October 1665
EL/OB/120John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to Robert Boyle31 March 1666
EL/OB/85Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle17 March 1667
EL/OB/86Letter from Henry Oldenburgnd
EL/OB/93Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle10 July 1674
EL/OB/128John Beale, dated at London, to Robert Boyle31 October 1666
EL/OB/36Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle28 September 1665
EL/OB/63Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle17 September 1667
EL/OB/56Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle25 September 1666
EL/OB/66Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle8 October 1667
EL/B1/81Robert Boyle to Henry Oldenburg29 October 1663
EL/B1/97Robert Boyle at Oxford to Henry Oldenburg4 November 1665
EL/OB/8Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle22 June 1663
EL/OB/44Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle30 December 1665
EL/OB/71Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle3 December 1667
EL/OB/24Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle17 November 1664
IM/005313Boyle, Robert2000
IM/000493Boyle, Robertnd
CLP/15i/26Observations of shining flesh by Robert Boylend
RBO/3/40'A New Frigorifick Experiments shewing How a considerable degree of Cold may be suddenly produced without the help of Snow, Ice, Haile, Wind or Nitre: And that at any time of the year' by Robert Boyle1666
RBC/2/77'Generall heads For making the Naturall History of a Country' by Robert Boylend
MS/40A commonplace book of theology
DM/5/100A list of benefactors to the Library, to the value of £5 or upwards at one time c.1737
IM/000498Boyle, Robert1892
NLB/6/479Copy letter from Michael Foster, to the Honorable Secretary, Oxford University Junior Scientific Club19 May 1892
DM/5/64Minutes of meetings of the Committee for Agriculture (endorsed as 'Transactions of the Georgicall Committee')October 1664-February 1664/5
EL/OB/9Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle2 July 1663
EL/OB/28Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle3 December 1664
EL/OB/13Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle22 September 1664
EL/OB/31Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle4 July 1665
EL/OB/59Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle23 October 1666
EL/OB/6Henry Oldenburg, dated at Paris, to Robert Boyle20 March 1660
EL/OB/16Henry Oldenburg to Robert Boylend
EL/OB/87Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle24 March 1667
EL/OB/81Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle18 February 1668
EL/OB/53Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle8 June 1666
EL/OB/67Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle15 October 1667
EL/OB/136John Beale to Robert Boyle27 November 1671
EL/OB/122John Beale to Robert Boyle28 August 1666
EL/OB/64Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle24 September 1667
EL/OB/11Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle1 September 1664
EL/OB/14Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle29 September 1664
EL/OB/26Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle24 November 1664
EL/OB/38Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle10 October 1665
EL/OB/12Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to Robert Boyle10 September 1664
RBC/2/81'A Description of a method of Transfusing the blood of one Animal into another contriv'd and used by Dr Lower of Oxon as it was communicated in his letter to Mr Boyle'1666
IM/000494Boyle, Robert2002
IM/000503Quartet engravingnd
IM/005355Boyle, Robert1994
CLP/9i/11Paper, observations of Mr Clayton's diamond by Robert Boyle1663
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