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Boyle was the fourteenth and youngest child of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork, by his second wife, Catherine.
The gatehouse with its steeply pitched roof was built c.1610 and heightened in 1622. Other parts of the castle were reconstructed in the nineteenth century.
The tomb was completed around 1632.
Boyle's experiences at Eton were mixed, and in the end his father withdrew him from the school and gave him a private tutor.
Boyle was on the continent from 1639 to 1644, travelling to France, Switzerland and Italy.
The house no longer survives and neither does this picture which was photographed in the 1950's.
Catte Street, shown here, has changed little since Boyle's time. You can see the Bodleian Library in the background.
Substances or creatures could be placed in the glass globe, the air pumped out, and their behaviour observed.
The experiments carried out using this apparatus were reported in Boyle's first scientific book, published in 1660.
The Society, which is the oldest scientific institution in the world, was founded in 1660 and Boyle was one of the first members.
Editions like this helped to spread Boyle's fame throughout Europe, although Boyle had mixed feelings about them.
The sermon preached at his funeral on January 7th, 1692 by Gilbert Burnet is an important source for Boyle's life.
The bust was commissioned by Boyle's great nephew, the 3rd Earl of Burlington.