Some Royal Society Stamps

The BBC hosts a neat, but unembeddable, audio slideshow on a new series of commemorative Royal Mail stamps marking The Royal Society’s 350th anniversary year. Ten eminent scientists are featured starting with the Honourable Robert Boyle – who was born at Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford, on 25 January 1627. Missing from the list is the Ingenious Mr Robert Hooke. Possibly because his only known portrait, held by the Royal Society, was allegedly, destroyed by his long-term rival Sir Isaac Newton when Newton became the Society’s President in November 1703 – 8 months after Hooke’s death.

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  • Greenflag

    Poor Hooke . 350 years later still getting it in the neck from Isaac Newton . It reminds me of somewhere ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Good to see public recognition of all these scientists. Hopefully it will encourage people to find out more about how these eminent scientists helped to shape the ‘enlightenment’ and the modern world .

  • FitzjamesHorse

    Robert Boyle has already featured on an Irish stamp….1981 to be precise.
    Good to see the British catch up.
    Personally I dont like scientists. Josef Mengele was one.
    We had to choose between Art and Science after Second Year and Art was chosen for me..although to be honest I cant draw breath.
    But as the Science Labs stank of leaking gas and chemicals and all we ever did was watch paper turn blue or was it red……anyway we also had to attach little weights to a thingy that swung around.
    Still no idea what it was.
    Then around Fourth Year…the science boys started wearing glasses and stopped playing football and started listening to classical music and the rest of us got to do exciting THINKING kinda stuff like History and Literature and listening to rock music and eventually Politics discussing great issues and taking stances while the scientists lived in a strange amoral world.
    They missed out.

  • Greenflag

    Thanks for the link PB ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I see that Bill Bryson (A Short History of Nearly Everything ) has edited the Royal Society’s commemorative ‘Seeing Further ‘ illustrated book which tells the story of science and the Royal Society, from 1660 to the present.

    At least I know what I’m getting for my next birthday ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Greenflag

    FJH ,

    It’s not clear who missed out from your comment or was that intentional .

    I recommend you give Bryson’s ‘Short History ‘a read . It was a best seller in Germany (in translation of course ).

  • FitzjamesHorse

    Life at my age is far too short to read a science book.
    All I know is that Tomorrows World LIED to us.

  • Greenflag

    Fitzer ,

    It’s not a science book in the traditional sense as Bryson himself makes clear . More a history of the who’s , whens, and hows of how this world of ours came to be . No formulae or tough mathematical equations for those feasrful of numbers . And he brings out the ‘human being’ side of some of the people who have made a huge difference to our present world . I never heard of Clair Patterson for instance and the long struggle this man had against ‘corporate and academic ‘ authorities to have ‘lead’ taken out of petrol /gasoline.

    Plenty on Newton, Rutherford , Planck , Darwin , Curie etc etc . Not a comfortable read for ‘creationists’ though ๐Ÿ™‚

    Tomorrow’s World lied ?

    LOL .

    My dad always said that tomorrow never comes ๐Ÿ˜‰
    So best do it today ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • RobertNoonan

    I Hear they are to bring out a stamp to commerorate the Glorious Miners who fought against that person hatcher in the 80′.

  • Paddy

    Newton was a sectarian nutcase, who should not have been buried in Westminter as he signed up to the Arian heresy.

    The “On the shoulders of giants” quip which is commemmorated on British ยฃ2 coins is a shot at Hooke, who was dwarfish.

    A horrible man, who boasted about torturing Leibniz.

  • Reader

    FitzjamesHorse: Personally I dont like scientists. Josef Mengele was one.
    His boss was an artist.

  • FitzjamesHorse

    Hitler???… he couldnt draw the dole ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reader

    FitzjamesHorse: Hitler???… he couldnt draw the dole ๐Ÿ™‚
    But Mengele wasn’t any good as a scientist either. And you were fairly clear that talent wasn’t the art/science decider in your own case.

  • slappymcgroundout

    Pete, re the missing:

    Faraday is on one of your 20 pound notes that is still legal currency though they are no longer printing that version of the note. See:

    Maxwell is yet to be so lucky, though word on the street is that in 2006 one or more souls petitioned the Bank of Scotland on his behalf.

    Lastly, for being on the shoulders of giants, kindly note that part in the Faraday piece re just whose pictures/portraits Einstein had hanging on his office wall. Sorry, Paddy, but Newton is one of the trinity.

    Almost forgot, but Faraday’s law of induction:

  • FitzjamesHorse

    Reader, I can assure you that nobody has ever accused me of having any kinda talent for anything.

  • RepublicanStones

    Personally I dont like scientists. Josef Mengele was one.

    C’mon FJH…..Ed Wood was a director, doesn’t mean I dilike the Cohen brothers.

    Greenie is that the same Bill Bryson who penned a lighthearted look at Shakespeare’s life?

  • RepublicanStones

    doesnโ€™t mean I dislike the Cohen brothers.*

  • FitzjamesHorse

    I have absolutely no idea who Ed Wood is.
    But I know the Cohen Bros are in movies.
    Never a good idea to assume I know anything about popular culture after 1977. ๐Ÿ™‚