Richard Towneley

photo needed In existographies, Richard Towneley (1629-1707) (CR:3) was an English scientist noted for []

In 1653, Towneley, with English physician Henry Power, formulated the gas law relation of pressure varying inversely with volume, a law that would famously become known as Boyle’s law.

Details of Towneley’s education remain obscure. Towneley may have had some university education. More likely than not, Towneley seems to have been self-educated, being that income from the family estate afforded Towneley the opportunity to devote himself to the study of mathematics, natural philosophy, and experimentation.

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“The association of physical science with mountains goes back, as far as we need to be concerned, to the seventeenth century; to Perier’s ascent of the Puy de Dome, in order to demonstrate that the height of the barometer fell as the altitude increased, and Richard Towneley’s ascent of Pendle Hill when he was discovering his ‘hypothesis’, still wrongly called ‘Boyle’s law’.”
Donald Cardwell (1971), From Watt to Clausius (pg. 91) [1]

Towneley was the person who first suggested Boyle's law.”
Stephen Brush (2003), Kinetic Theory of Gases (pg. 3) [2]

1. Cardwell, Donald S.L. (1971). From Watt to Clausius: the Rise of Thermodynamics in the Early Industrial Age (pg. 91). Cornell University Press.
2. Brush, Stephen. (2003). Kinetic Theory of Gases: an Anthology of Classic Papers with Historical Commentary, Volume One (editor: Nancy Hall) (pg. 3). Imperial College Press.

External links
‚óŹ Richard Towneley – Wikipedia.

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