"Hooke, Robert , 1635-1703, English physicist, mathematician, and inventor. He became curator of experiments for the Royal Society (1662), professor of geometry at Gresham College (1665), and city surveyor of London (1667). Considered the greatest mechanic of his age, he made many improvements in astronomical instruments and in watches and clocks, was the first to formulate the theory of planetary movements as a mechanical problem, and anticipated universal gravitation. In 1684 he devised a practicable system of telegraphy. He invented the spiral spring in watches and the first screw-divided quadrant and constructed the first arithmetical machine and Gregorian telescope. He stated Hooke's law . In his Micrographia (1665) he described his microscopic observations of plant tissues. Hooke coined the term cell". The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia Copyright 1994, 2000, Columbia University Press.
You will need flash to view the folio, a transcription, the text, hear audio, or magnify the pages from the Royal Society. The presentation gobbles bandwidth, but is well worth it (if that is the sort of thing you like): http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/library/HookeTTP/hooke_broadband.htm.
The folio and commentary deals with replicated experiments and rivalries between Hooke and Newton, and associations with Boyle. Experiments included optics, Newton's parabolic telescope, and microscopy (after Antoni von Leeuwenhoek).
Dr. Joseph Lister provides a description of intestinal worms that prevented the Royal Society's President, Sir Christopher Wren from attending a meeting.
A smaller bandwidth, but more extensive version of the folio presentation is available at: http://webapps.qmul.ac.uk/cell/Hooke/Hooke.html
Life after Hooke, includes links and articles and a video about Hooke and the Folio.
Robert Hooke, Robert Boyle, Joseph Lister, Christopher Wren, Isaac Newton, von Leeuwenhoek, Royal Society,