12/6/2012. News. FREE TO USE IMAGES.. Pictured are Anna Grey 7yrs and David Boyd 8yrs launching the first Robert Boyle Summer School at Lismore castle the birthplace of the famous scientist – the summer school will take place in Lismore from July 15 to 18 see roberboyle.ie – photograph Patrick Browne.
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Physicist Robert Boyle described, as the ‘Father of Modern Chemistry’ will be honored at the first Robert Boyle Summer School, which is due to take place in his birthplace of Lismore, Co. Waterford from July 15 to 18.
Robert Boyle described in his life-time as the ‘Philosopher Boyle’ was one of the most important intellectual figures of the 17th Century. He wrote widely on religion and theology and funded the first translation of the bible into Irish. However, it is as a scientist that he is best remembered, known by secondary school pupils around the world for ‘Boyle’s Law’ and regarded as the ‘Father of Modern Chemistry’.
Robert Boyle was born at Lismore Castle on 27th January 1627. His father Richard the ‘Great Earl of Cork’ reputedly the richest man in Ireland and possibly Britain purchased Lismore, Youghal and vast tracts of land from Sir Walter Raleigh. Robert lived through the English Civil War, regicide, interregnum and restoration and dying just a year after the battle of the Boyne. While his family were involved in these events, he devoted his time and money to philosophy – in particular ‘natural philosophy’ through which he felt the workings of God could be revealed.
The Robert Boyle Summer School which will run over four days will be devoted to the life, works and legacy of Boyle and reflect on his impact on modern science and thought. Commencing on July 15 with an evening launch and BBQ and continuing over the following days with talks, walks and discu