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Robert Hooke

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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Industry: Scientists
Residence: Freshwater, Isle of Wight
Country: British
BirthDay: 28 July 1635
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Died On: March 3, 1703
Education: Christ Church, Oxford, Westminster School, University of Oxford, Wadham College, Oxford

Robert Hooke was bornon 28 July 1635 in Freshwater, Isle of Wight, British, is Philosopher. Robert Hooke FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society) was an English scientist, architect and polymath. His name is somewhat obscure and no portrait of him survives today, partly due to his enmity with his more famous and influential colleague, Sir Isaac Newton. But still he is credited for the major contributions he made to science by way of his experimental and theoretical work in the 17th century and in re-building London after the Great Fire in 1666. Always prone to ill health, he never let it hinder his interests, which knew no bounds. His experiments and studies covered a vast range of subjects like physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, geology, architecture and naval technology. His prowess enabled him to work alongside scientists such as Christian Huygens, Antony van Leeuwenhoek, Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle and Sir Isaac Newton. He discovered the law of elasticity, which is now famously known as Hooke’s law. He built a compound microscope and used it to observe the smallest, previously hidden details of the natural world. He also concluded that fossils had once been living creatures and stated that gravity applied to all celestial bodies. But for all contributions made to science and humanity, he never received the recognition he truly deserved


He died in London on 3 March 1703 and was buried at St Helen's Bishopsgate


In 1682, he proposed a remarkable mechanistic model of the human memory which addressed the components of encoding, memory capacity, repetition, retrieval and forgetting


In the 1670s he postulated that gravitational pull applies to all celestial bodies


After the Great Fire in 1666, he helped to rebuild the city and co-designed the Monument of the Fire, the Royal Greenwich Observatory, Montagu House, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Royal College of Physicians, Ragley Hall, Ramsbury Manor, Buckinghamshire and the St Mary Magdalene church


In his book 'Micrographia', published in 1665, he documented experiments that he had made with a microscope


In 1664 he succeeded Arthur Dacres as the professor of Geometry at the Gresham College


In 1662, on Sir Moray's proposal and with Boyle's support Hooke was named as the curator of the society


He first stated the law as a Latin anagram in 1660 and published its solution in 1678


In 1655, Robert Hooke became an assistant to the famous scientist Robert Boyle and worked in this capacity till 1662


His father passed away in 1648 and left him an inheritance of £40


Robert Hooke was born on 28 July 1635 in Freshwater, England, to John Hooke and Cecily Gyles

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