There is no way in hell I hope to ever complete this page but there are hopefully going to be those times that I notice a connection between interesting stories. So often a persons contribution to science is overlooked and worse again over-shadowed.

The link between the early scientists and the church

The closest thing we have to a science museum in Ireland

What is more that Robert Hooke was made President of the Royal Institute, at the time this was the worlds foremost research center, a while later Issac Newton was made president. Newton had connections and raised the capital required to move the Royal Society to its current home ....

Newton entrusted no other person to personally take care of the Portraits but himself. The portraits were of all the presidents of the Royal Institute, all but one were accounted for, perhaps as chance would have it the only portrait missing was that of Mr Robert Hooke

Devotion to Newton

It is because of stories like this a science history is marvellous reading especially if you get it from a good author.

Like John Gribbin and his Science: A History 1543-2001

New page on Influential Scientists

A page for Irish Scientists

Nobel prizes in Physics


100 Distinguished Chemists

The Atom

The Greeks


John Dalton gave James Joule and his brother some teachings.

August Wilhelm von Hofmann


In 1861, Crookes discovered a previously unknown element with a bright green emission line in its spectrum and named the element thallium, from the Greek thallos, a green shoot. Crookes also identified the first known sample of helium, in 1895. He was the inventor of the Crookes radiometer, which today is made and sold as a novelty item. He also developed the Crookes tubes, investigating canal rays.

In his investigations of the conduction of electricity in low pressure gases, he discovered that as the pressure was lowered, the negative electrode (cathode) appeared to emit rays (the so-called cathode rays, now known to be a stream of free electrons, and used in cathode ray display devices). As these examples indicate, he was a pioneer in the construction and use of vacuum tubes for the study of physical phenomena. He was, as a consequence, one of the first scientists to investigate what are now called plasmas. He also devised one of the first instruments for the study of nuclear radioactivity, the spinthariscope.

On 14 May 1796, Jenner tested his hypothesis by inoculating James Phipps, a young boy of 8 years (the son of Jenner's gardener), with material from the cowpox blisters of the hand of Sarah Nelmes, a milkmaid who had caught cowpox from a cow called Blossom,[7] whose hide hangs on the wall of the library at St George's medical school (now in Tooting). Blossom's hide commemorates one of the school's most renowned alumni. Phipps was the 17th case described in Jenner's first paper on vaccination.