Francis Bacon


Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, and author. Bacon is often considered one of the founders of modern scientific research and scientific method, even as "the father of modern science" since he proposed a new combined method of empirical experimentation and shared data collection so that humanity might finally discover all of nature's secrets and improve itself.

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  • 1561 - 1626
    Life of the statesman and philosopher Francis Bacon.
  • 22 Jan 1561
    Francis Bacon is born in London.
  • 1573
    Francis Bacon begins his law studies at the University of Cambridge.
  • 1584
    Francis Bacon is elected a member of Parliament.
  • 1596
    Francis Bacon is appointed to the Queen's Counsel.
  • 1603
    Francis Bacon is knighted by James I of England.
  • 1605
    Francis Bacon publishes The Advancement of Learning, the first in a series of works expounding his scientific method.
  • 1618
    Sir Francis Bacon is made 1st Baron Verulam.
  • 1618
    Francis Bacon breifly serves as Lord Chancellor.
  • 1620
    Francis Bacon publishes Novum Organum, outlining the fundamentals of his scientific method.
  • 1621
    Sir Francis Bacon is given the title Viscount St. Albans.
  • 1623
    Francis Bacon publishes his De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum, which further outlines his new scientific method.
  • 1626
    New Atlantis by Francis Bacon is published. It describes a utopian state where Bacon's scientific method is employed.
  • 9 Apr 1626
    Francis Bacon dies of a severe cold.
  • 1627
    Francis Bacon's unfinished work on natural history, Sylva Sylvarum is published.