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Francis Line
Born 1595
Died 15 November 1675
Liège (Belgium)
Other names Linus of Liège, Franciscus Linus
Ethnicity English
Occupation Jesuit priest
Known for magnetic clock

Francis Line (1595 - 15 November 1675), also known as Linus of Liège, was a Jesuit priest and scientist. He is known for inventing a magnetic clock.[1] He is noted as a contemporary critic of the theories and work of Isaac Newton. [2] He also challeged Robert Boyle and his law of gases.[3]


  1. ^ Moray, Robert (2007). "Athanasius Kircher's Magnetic Clock". Travel Journal of Sir Robert Moray (Historical Facsimile ed.). Sebastopol, California: O'Reilly Media Inc..  
  2. ^ Reilly, Conor (1962). "Francis Line, Peripatetic (1595-1675)". Osiris (Saint Catherines Press.): 222–253.  
  3. ^ Brush, Stephen G. (1999). "Gadflies and Geniuses in the History of Gas Theory". Synthese (Springer Netherlands) (April): 11–43. doi:10.1023/A:1005235019068. ISSN 0039-7857.  


  • Reilly, Conor (1969). Francis Line SJ: An Exiled English Scientist, 1595-1675.. Rome: Institutum historicum S.I.. OCLC 248761564.  


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