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The Robert Boyle Summer School

The Robert Boyle Summer School will run this summer from the 4th - 7th July 2013 at his birthplace, Lismore Heritage Town, Co Waterford.

Robert Boyle (1627 – 1691) was born in Lismore Castle and was perhaps the most influential scientist of his day and the most respected of the founding members of the Royal Society of London.

Ireland has for many years now had several highly successful summer schools celebrating litereary figures and now there will be a place where scientists and non-scientists can meet and discuss matters relating to science and consider the place of science in our culture. Robert was the son of Richard the “Great Earl” of Cork and was born in Lismore Castle in 1627. He devoted his life to scholarship in theology, philosophy and science and he became a key figure in what is now referred to as the scientific revolution, laying the foundations of the modern world. Hugely influential in his day, he was a founder of the Royal Society, is regarded as the “Father of Modern Chemistry” and is chiefly remembered through the fundamental gas law “Boyle’s Law”. Modern scholarship has shown his life and work to be more complex than previously presented by admiring biographers and his legacy far greater and this will be addressed by leading scholars at the school.

2012 was a special year to celebrate: it was the 350th anniversary of the publication of "Boyle's Law" and the 15th July was the 350th anniversary of the granting of the royal charter to the Royal Society. The dates of the festival were chosen to suit participants attending ESOF Dublin 2012. The organisers were delighted that  world-leading Boyle scholars addressed the school  including Michael Hunter, Birbeck College London, Lawrence Principe Johns Hopkins University, Michelle DiMeo, Georgia Tech, Keith Moore, Librarian at the Royal Society. They were joined by several scientists including Jonathan Ashmore FRS and Ingrid Hook. There was also be costumed recreations of Boyle's most famous experiments.

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Enquiries and Booking for the festival may be made with Lismore Heritage Centre

 

Telephone: +353 (0) 58 54975 / 54855

Email: ehoward@lismoreheritage.ie