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Robert Hooke


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Title: Robert Hooke

Robert Hooke
  • Victim of Politics!

Robert Hooke
  • Where is the Portrait??

Some Basic Life Facts
  • 1635 Born in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight
  • At the age of six was scarred from small pox
  • Father hung himself when Hooke was 13
  • Thus he became an artists apprentice
  • Was then accepted to Westminster School
  • Never married although he did live with his niece
    for quite some time in his later years

Physical Facts
  • He was a small man
  • Badly disfigured from small pox
  • In later years his back curved giving him the
    appearance of constantly being hunched over, and
    this caused him much pain

Professional Facts
  • 1653- Entered Oxford as a chemical assistant on a
  • 1658 Became the paid assistant of Robert Boyle
  • 1662- Became the Curator of Exp. For the Royal
    Society- became a fellow in 1663
  • 1665-Prof. of Geometry at Gresham College,
  • 1666-Rebuilt much of London, designing many of
    the buildings
  • 1677- Becomes Secretary of the Royal Society

Contributions to Biology
  • In 1665, he published Micrographia
  • Micrographia was a look at small objects by using
    a specially designed (30x) compound microscope of
    his own design.
  • He coined the term cells
  • His book sparked the interest of many people.

Contributions to Astronomy
  • In 1666, published Cometa about the nature of
  • Newton read it and it is said that it sparked his
    interest for now
  • He was unable to determine what path the comet he
    was observing would take, Although he did know of
    the relationship between Mass and distance and
  • Collected a lot of data on comets from a variety
    of astronomers

C to A cont.
  • Formulated and demonstrated the elliptical path
    of planets by treating the paths as a mechanics
  • Discovered the Red Spot on Jupiter and determined
    that the planet was rotating.

Contributions to Physics and Technology
  • And yet still we cant find the portrait!!

  • Invented the Universal Joint (??)
  • Invented the first respirator
  • Discovered the law of elasticity (F-kx)
  • First to realize the wave properties of light
  • Invented the diving bell
  • Established thermo-metric zero
  • Contributed greatly to watch technology
  • Founded the field of Meteorology
  • And many other things there just isnt enough
    time for except

Contributions to Paleontology
  • 250 years before Darwin, he realized the true
    nature of fossils by studying them with his
  • At the time many people thought that the earth
    had natural shaping properties that created
    fossils and that they had nothing to due with
    previous life

So where is that Portrait?!
  • In 1672, Hooke had a major dispute with Newton
    over his prism ideas
  • Newton refused to acknowledge Hookes
    contributions to the Principia
  • Newton held more poltical weight and after
    Hookes death, it is rumored that he had the
    dwarfs portrait removed!!!

  • Hooke was one of the hardest working and most
    prolific scientists of day
  • He had never received the credit he deserved due
    to bad politics and peoples willingness to bow
    to Newtons temper tantrums
  • Without Hooke we wouldnt be able to blame the
    weathermen for bad weather!!!!