The Almost Forgotten Story of Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh
The woman beside the father of chemistry.
Every aspiring chemist has heard of Boyle’s law—the equation that relates the pressure of a gas to its volume. But even if you know about Robert Boyle himself, it’s not likely you’ve heard of his sister, even though she probably talked him through many of his ideas.
Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh (1615–1691), had a lifelong influence on her famous younger brother, natural philosopher Robert Boyle. In her lifetime she was recognized by many for her scientific knowledge, but her story was almost lost to time.
This episode is a collaboration with Poncie Rutsch, the creator and host of Babes of Science. Poncie interviewed CHF’s own Michelle DiMeo, a historian who’s writing a book about Lady Ranelagh. Babes of Science is a podcast that tries to answer two questions: Who are the women who changed the trajectory of science? And why has it taken us so long to recognize their work?
Our theme music was composed by Zach Young.
Additional music courtesy of the Free Music Archive:
- Day Into Night by Rho
- Daydream Shelshock by Wolf Asylum
- Am I The Devil by YEYEY
- History Explains Itself by The Losers
- Like Swimming by Broke For Free
- Insatiable Toad by Blue Dot Sessions
- One And by Broke For Free
- Modulation of the Spirit by Little Glass Men
- Melt by Broke For Free
- Eleanor by The Losers
- I Am A Man Who Will Fight For Your Honor by Chris Zabriskie
- Tidal Wave by YEYEY