A brief biography of Robert Hooke FRS - scientist, inventor, architect - a man who, despite much ill-health, energetically pursued a huge variety of interests in science, technology and architecture, and who did so much to promote the Royal Society in its early years.

A list of the main events and milestones in Robert Hooke's life.

Hooke was a considerable scientist who became a considerable architect and then returned to science. Appointed a Surveyor of the City of London after the Great Fire, he worked indefatigably in the interests of the City. That he is much less well-known than Wren (a scientist who became and remained an architect) is due to the fact that few of his buildings have survived. The Monument is certainly his. 

Hooke's famous work on microscopy was published in 1665. A small selection of the articles, though not the plates, is reproduced here. In 1745 Micrographia was becoming difficult to find, and Hooke's prose style was already out of fashion. Micrographia Restaurata (restored) was a re-issue of Hooke's original plates with an abbreviated and updated commentary. This section will eventually give all of the book as a set of images designed more for printing than for viewing on screen. In this article Allan Chapman (Wadham College, Oxford) presents Hooke's achievements. This lecture was given at  a Friday evening Discourse at the Royal Institution and also at Westminster School.

Some of these links are to sites not directly about Hooke, but relevant to what he did.


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