On this day in 1627, Robert Boyle was born. Boyle is considered to the first of the modern chemists, and has a scientific law named after him, although it was not his theory. He was a founding member of the Royal Society . Most of his work dealt with air and gases. Despite having thirteen brothers and sisters, Boyle inherited a fortune that guaranteed him a life of luxury at the age of sixteen. His fortune was primarily based on land his father received in Ireland in the service of Cromwell. Even though he was born in Ireland, Boyle certainly considered himself English and not Irish, and only returned to Ireland briefly after he left at the age of eight.