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The Robert Boyle Summer School


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 3rd - 6th July 2014 at his birthplace, Lismore Heritage Town, Co Waterford.

Boyle was a major figure in the development of modern experimental science, making major contributions to physics, chemistry, medicine and the life sciences. Deeply religious he also wrote extensively on philosophy and theology. To the modern reader familiar with separation of science and religion which are often portrayed as in conflict, this combination of interests might seem peculiar. However, to Boyle and many of his contemporaries religion was a major motivation to explore the "book of nature".


The 3rd Robert Boyle Summer School explored the relationship between science and religion with respect to Boyle himself and how science and religion have interacted since.

A most enjoyable and stimulating discourse took place led by world-leading scientists and historians including Prof Lorraine Hanlon, Prof Luke O'Neill, Prof Lawrence Principe, Prof John Hedley Brooke, and Prof Terry Eagleton.


See programme 2014 here

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Enquiries and further information for the festival may be made with Lismore Heritage Centre

Telephone: +353 (0) 58 54975 / 54855

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Thanks to the supporters of Robert Boyle Summer School 2014:




Institute of Chemistry of Ireland

The Robert Boyle Foundation



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Waterford Gathering

Robert Boyle Summer School 2013 was proud to be part of the Gathering

and EU Places of Scientific Culture