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Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Strand, England
Death: April 9, 1626 (61-69)
Highgate, England (Pneumonia)
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Son of Sir Nicholas Bacon, Kt., Lord Keeper of the Great Seal and Anne Cooke, Lady Bacon
Husband of Alice Bacon, Viscountess of St Albans
Brother of Anthony Bacon, MP; Mary Bacon; Susan Bacon; Edmund Bacon; Private and 2 others
Half brother of Elizabeth Bacon, i; Sir Nicholas Bacon, MP, 1st Baronet of Redgrave; Anne Woodhouse; Elizabeth Bacon, ii; John Bacon and 4 others

Occupation: Philospher & Essayist
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About Francis Bacon, 1st and last Viscount St Alban

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, PC KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626), was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, and author. He served both as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. After his death, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution.

Bacon has been called the father of empiricism. His works argued for the possibility of scientific knowledge based only upon inductive reasoning and careful observation of events in nature. Most importantly, he argued this could be achieved by use of a sceptical and methodical approach whereby scientists aim to avoid misleading themselves. While his own practical ideas about such a method, the Baconian method, did not have a long lasting influence, the general idea of the importance and possibility of a sceptical methodology makes Bacon the father of scientific method. This marked a new turn in the rhetorical and theoretical framework for science, the practical details of which are still central in debates about science and methodology today. In addition to his work in the sciences, Bacon was also a venerable patron of libraries and developed a functional system for the cataloging of books by dividing them into three categories—history, poesy, and philosophy—which could further be divided into more specific subjects and subheadings.

Bacon was generally neglected at court by Queen Elizabeth, but after the accession of King James I in 1603, Bacon was knighted. He was later created Baron Verulam in 1618 and Viscount St. Alban in 1621. Because he had no heirs, both titles became extinct upon his death in 1626, at 65 years of age. Bacon died of pneumonia, with one account by John Aubrey stating that he had contracted the condition while studying the effects of freezing on the preservation of meat. He is buried at St Michael's Church, St Albans, Hertfordshire.


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Sir Francis Bacon was the head of the Order of the Knights of the Helmet--An illuminated secret society. He wrote a play entitled “The Order of the Helmet.” This was performed in 3 Jan. 1594, and again for twelve days in December 1594.


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Francis Bacon, 1st and last Viscount St Alban's Timeline

January 22, 1561
Strand, England
April 9, 1626
Age 65
Highgate, England