An experimental ‘Life’ for an experimental life: Richard Waller's biography of Robert Hooke (1705)

  title={An experimental ‘Life’ for an experimental life: Richard Waller's biography of Robert Hooke (1705)},
  author={Noah Moxham},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  pages={27 - 51}
  • N. Moxham
  • Published 15 February 2016
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
Abstract Richard Waller's ‘Life of Dr Robert Hooke’, prefixed to his edition of Hooke's Posthumous Works (1705), is an important source for the life of one of the most eminent members of the early Royal Society. It also has the distinction of being one of the earliest biographies of a man of science to be published in English. I argue that it is in fact the first biography to embrace the subject's natural-philosophical work as the centre of his life, and I investigate Waller's reasons for… 
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