A Friend of Hobbes and an Early Translator of Galileo: Robert Payne of Oxford

  • Mordechai Feingold
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 110)


Robert Payne is hardly mentioned in the annals of English intellectual and scientific life of the seventeenth century. No discovery can be attributed to him, no publication bears his name. His personal library was put up for sale by his sister following his death, and even his private scientific papers, the only testament to his work, were allowed to disappear, dispersed or discarded, their merit undetected. In fact, if it were not for the occasional paper that made its way into the collection for some better documented figure, the odd reference in a surviving letter, it is doubtful whether we today would have even heard his name.1


Seventeenth Century English Science Personal Library Bodleian Library Early Translator 
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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Dordrecht 1985

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