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Bio 1000
Robert Hooke

Robert Hooke was probably the single greatest experimental scientist to come out of the seventeenth century. He was one of the most diverse of all scientist of his time contributing major findings to almost all fields of science. Robert Hooke was and English scientist born in 1635 and died in the year of 1703. Robert Hooke was born in the town of Freshwater, which is located in the Isle of Write. Hooke was born to a minister named John Hooke. Robert received a great deal of education that did not take place in the classroom. He studied with the portraitist Sir Peter Lely. He was educated at the University of Oxford. Then after college he was an assistant of Robert Boyle. In 1662, while still a student at Oxford University, Robert Hooke was responsible for demonstrating experiments to other scientist at a weekly gathering of scientist. He was given the title of "Curator of Experiments." This was Robert Hooke's first professional position and proved to be very beneficial to him, because many fellow scientists soon learned just how brilliant this young student was. This gathering of scientist each week was called the "Royal Society." The "Royal Society" was later known to have a membership of some of the most renowned scientist in history. In 1665 Hooke became professor of Geometry at Gresham College, which he occupied till his death. Hooke's contributions are so vast and so diverse that it is difficult to organize them in any type of sequential order. However, it appears that his first big invention for which he is noted is the compound microscope. However, most students know Hooke for two major contributions; Hooke's Law and the inventor of the first compound microscope. With his compound microscope he studied many object none more important than cork. While looking at the tissues of cork he discovered the cells in plants. Hooke also reported seeing similar structures in wood and in other plants. Hooke also tried to develop a law of...
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