Robert Boyle

Robert Boyle. Portrait: Johann KerseboomRobert Boyle (1627 -1691), one of the founders of the Royal Society of London, is generally credited with being the father of modern chemistry, as distinct from the alchemy of the middle ages. His name is associated with the basic law which he discovered relating gas pressures to temperature and volume, the fundamental principle of gas dynamics. His contributions in both physics and chemistry are very great in number, and he was considered in his time to be probably the greatest physical scientist of his generation.

Yet he was also a humble, witnessing Christian and a diligent student of the Bible. He was profoundly interested in missions and devoted much of his own money to Bible translation work and the propagation of the gospel. He was strong in apologetics, founding via his will the “Boyle lectures” for proving the Christian religion.

Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1985 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.

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