Robert Hooke

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Robert Hooke

Name: Robert Hooke

Born: July 28, 1635, in Freshwater, Isle of Wight, England

Death: March 3, 1703 (Age: 67)

Computer-related contributions

  • English architect, natural philosopher, and polymath.
  • Known for Hooke's law and Microscopy (applied the word 'cell').
  • Built some of the earliest Gregorian telescopes.
  • Promoted the use of microscopes for scientific exploration.
  • Curator of experiments and member of the Royal Society.
  • Surveyor to the City of London after the Great Fire of London.

Significant publications

  • Micrographia.
  • Collection of Lectures: Physical, Mechanical, Geographical and Astronomical (1679).
  • Hevelius, A Description of Helioscopes with other instruments, Mechanical Improvement of Lamps, Remarks about Comets (1677).

Honors and awards

  • Allan Chapman has referred to him as "England's Leonardo",
  • Robert Gunther's Early Science in Oxford devotes five of its fourteen volumes to Hooke,


"The truth is, the Science of Nature has been already too long made only a work of the Brain and the Fancy: It is now high time that it should return to the plainness and soundness of Observations on material and obvious things."