Henry Power
Henry Power was an English physician and experimenter, one of the first elected Fellows of the Royal Society
Royal Society
The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, known simply as the Royal Society, is a learned society for science, and is possibly the oldest such society in existence. Founded in November 1660, it was granted a Royal Charter by King Charles II as the "Royal Society of London"...



He matriculated as a pensioner of Christ's College, Cambridge
Christ's College, Cambridge
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, in 1641, and graduated B.A. in 1644. He became a regular correspondent of Sir Thomas Browne on scientific subjects. He graduated M.A. in 1648, and M.D. in 1655. It appears that he practised his profession at Halifax
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Halifax is a minster town, within the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England. It has an urban area population of 82,056 in the 2001 Census. It is well-known as a centre of England's woollen manufacture from the 15th century onward, originally dealing through the Halifax Piece...

 for some time, but he eventually removed to New Hall, near Ealand
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. Power was elected and admitted a fellow of the Royal Society 1 July 1663, he and Sir Justinian Isham being the first elected members. He died at New Hall on 23 December 1668, and was buried in the church of All Saints, Wakefield, with a brass plate to his memory, with a Latin inscription, on the floor in the middle chancel.


His only published work is Experimental Philosophy. Its three books deal respectively with microscopy
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 and corpuscularian theory, the experiments of Torricelli
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 and the vacuum
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, and refutations proposed for the works of the Jesuit Jacobus Grandamicus (Jacques Grandami, 1588–1672).

He left many works in manuscript.
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