Why Famous: Hooke was a scientific polymath. He was simultaneously the curator of experiments of the Royal Society and a member of its council.
He was also Gresham Professor of Geometry and a Surveyor to the City of London after the Great Fire. He performed over 50% of all the surveys after the fire. Hooke was also an architect and worked with Christopher Wren to build St Paul's Cathedral.
Hooke was a pioneer of microscopy, and known by many school children for his law of elasticity.
- 1661-11-12 Robert Hooke appointed Curator of Experiments to the Royal Society, England
- 1664-03-20 Scientist Robert Hooke is appointed Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London
- 1676-02-15 Isaac Newton writes to Robert Hooke “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants” (O.S. 5 Feb)