Biography Born in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland 25 January 1627. As a child, Boyle was fostered to a local family, as were his elder brothers. After spending over three years at Eton, Robert travelled abroad with a French tutor. They visited Italy in 1641 and remained in Florence during the winter of that year studying the "paradoxes of the great star-gazer" Galileo Galilei, who was elderly but still living in 1641.
Returned to England from continental Europe in mid-1644 with a keen interest in scientific research. Returned to England from continental Europe in mid-1644 with a keen interest in scientific research. Took a prominent place in the band of enquirers, known as the "Invisible College", who devoted themselves to the cultivation of the "new philosophy". In 1652 Robert moved to Ireland In 1654, Boyle left Ireland for Oxford to pursue his work more successfully.
“The Sceptical Chymist”
Boyle's major discoveries and theories: