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Oxford Inscriptions: Boyle & Hooke


Boyle and Hooke inscription

 

In a house on this site
between 1655 and 1668 lived
ROBERT BOYLE
Here he discovered BOYLE’S LAW
and made experiments with an
AIR PUMP designed by his assistant
ROBERT HOOKE
Inventor Scientist and Architect
who made a MICROSCOPE
and thereby first identified
the LIVING CELL

This plaque is on the wall of University College.

From 1665 to 1688 the apothecary Robert Boyle (1627–1691) lived on this site in Deep Hall, a house with its own physic garden, then owned by Christ Church. A second seventeenth-century apothecary’s house with a physic garden stood nearby, and both were used for meetings of the Oxford Scientific Society.

A famous painting of the High, painted by J. M. W. Turner in 1809/10, shows Deep Hall being demolished. The part of University College on the site of the two apothecaries’ houses now contains the Shelley Memorial.

See the lecture by Dr Alessia Pannese: “Intravenous anaesthesia on Turner's High Street


Wikipedia: Robert Boyle and Robert Hooke

Stephanie Jenkins