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.
The Robert Boyle Summer School will run this summer from the 4 -7 July 2013 at his birthplace, Lismore Heritage Town, Co Waterford.
Boyle believed that the "new experimental philosophy" (science) could and should be of great benefit to mankind.
He published, 350 years ago this year, "On the Usefulness of Natural Experimental Philosophy" and reflecting on this we will consider the contribution of science to mankind then and now and have Professor Liam Dolan of Oxford University talking about developments in understanding of plants and Professor Rose Ann Kenny TCD talking about human ageing.
The event will feature world-leading scientists and historians gathering together to discuss a wide range of topics relating to Boyle, his works and times and his legacy including Dr Anna-Marie Roos of the University of Lincon, Professor Bill Eaton of Georgia Southern University and Peter Elmer of the University of Exeter.