Francis Bacon

Life

  • Francis Bacon was born on January 22, 1561 in London England
  • He died at the age of 65 on April 9, 1626 due to pneumonia
  • Contracted a fatal case of pneumonia after stuffing a chicken with snow while conducting an experiment with meat preservation
Map of London England, Francis Bacon's Hometown

Education

  • Attended Trinity College, University of Cambridge, and the University of Poitiers
  • Francis Bacon was a Lawyer, Scientist, Attorney General, and Lord Chancellor

Contributions to the Renaissance

  • Francis Bacon was an author and a scientist and contributed with works such as The Great Instauration, The New Atlantis, and The Wisdom of the Ancients

"But hear me now, and I will tell you what I know. You shall understand that there is not under the heavens so chaste a nation as this of Bensalem; nor so free from all pollution or foulness. It is the virgin of the world. I remember I have read in one of your European books, of an holy hermit amongst you that desired to see the Spirit of Fornication; and there appeared to him a little foul ugly Aethiop. But if he had desired to see the Spirit of Chastity of Bensalem, it would have appeared to him in the likeness of a fair beautiful Cherubim. For there is nothing amongst mortal men more fair and admirable, than the chaste minds of this people. Know therefore, that with them there are no stews, no dissolute houses, no courtesans, nor anything of that kind. [...] And their usual saying is, that whosoever is unchaste cannot reverence himself; and they say, that the reverence of a man's self, is, next to religion, the chiefest bridle of all vices."

-Excerpt from The New Atlantis

The Great Instauration

Picture of The Great Instauration

Impact

  • Francis Bacon coined the phrase "Knowledge is Power", which is used said to this day
  • Contributed to the invention of the Scientific Method, which is still used in science today.

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