The first modern scientist

The life and legacy of Robert Boyle

The first modern scientist

Portrait of Robert Boyle

Robert Boyle revolutionised the world. Though best known for his law on the pressure of gas, an amazing leap on its own, this Waterford born scientist was one of the first people to advocate and champion the scientific method. This focus on bias free experimentation and factual interpretation kick-started the modern world.

Speaking with a panel of experts Professor Patrick Geoghegan examines the life and legacy of Robert Boyle and tries to determine if he deserves the title as 'The first modern scientist' and 'father of modern chemistry'.