1635-1703; Eng. physicist, mathematician, & inventor
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I, edition 1921 ed.:
- XLIX In this great passion of unwonted lust, Or wonted feare of doing ought amis, He started up, as seeming to mistrust 435 Some secret ill, or hidden foe of his: Lo there before his face his Lady is, Under blake stole hyding her bayted hooke; And as halfe blushing offred him to kis, With gentle blandishment and lovely looke, 440 Most like that virgin true, which for her knight him took.
- 1560, Peter Whitehorne, Machiavelli, Volume I:
- Concernyng the seconde case, to be trained in, (which these our men cal to be drawen to the shot) thou ought to take heede, not straight way to beleve those thinges, which are nothyng reasonable, that thei be as they seeme: as shoulde be, if the enemie should set afore thee a praie, thou oughtest to beleeve that in the same is the hooke, and that therin is hid the deceipte.
- A surname derived from hook, as an occupational or topographical name or a nickname.
- Robert Hooke (1635 – 1703), an English polymath who played an important role in the scientific revolution, through both experimental and theoretical work. His best remembered contribution was the discovery of the biological cell.