Robert Hooke

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Hooke's microscope. No image of Hooke himself exists.

Robert Hooke (Freshwater, 1635 - London, 1703) was a famed English scientist, inventor, member of the Royal Society, and manufacturer of instruments.

Hooke was at the forefront of the field of microscopy, and published countless images of magnified organisms in his Micrographia. He is also credited with discovering Hooke's Law, which describes the magnitude of forces in springs, and proposing the idea of an inverse-square law for gravitation, later adopted by Isaac Newton.