Sir Francis Bacon

Author: Sir Francis Bacon

Profile: Sir Francis Bacon was an English statesman and philosopher. He served as Lord Chancellor of England, was the 1st Viscount St Alban, Kt PC QC. His works have been influential all through the scientific revolution and have been accredited with scientific method development. He was born in York House, London, United Kingdom and died in Highgate, London, United Kingdom. Sir Francis Bacon completed his education at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Roger Bacon, Niccolo Machiavelli, Plato and Aristotle have influenced him strongly. On discovering the scientific method, he popularized it whereby discovery of the laws of science is done by gathering and analyzing data obtained from observations and experiments, instead of using arguments based on logic.

Writing style: Sir Francis Bacon’s area of interest was natural philosophy: Philosophical logic. Sir Francis Bacon is described as a man of many talents. His skills as a writer started emerging as he grew older. He has authored an enormous number of highly regarded essays on a wide range of topics including wisdom, atheism, friendship, parents and children, health, innovation, anger, beauty and the union of Scotland and England, as he entered into his thirties.

Published Texts:

Francis Bacon Bibliography


1597 – 1st edition with 10 essays

1612 – 2nd edition with 38 essays

1625 – 3rd/final edition with 58 essays

1605 – The Advancement and Proficience of Learning Divine and Human

1620 – Instauratio magna (The Great Instauration): A multi-part work including (Plan of the Work), (New Engine), (Preparatory for Natural History) and (Catalogue of Particular Histories)

1623 – de augmentis scientiarum – an enlargement of The Advancement of Learning translated into Latin

1626 – New Atlantis

Awards and Acknowledgements:

Sir Francis Bacon was conferred the Queen’s Counsel designation when he was reserved as the legal advisor of Elizabeth I. He was the first recipient of this designation. He was knighted in 1603 after the accession of James VI and I. In 1618 he was crated Baron Verulam later and in 1621 he was created Viscount St. Alban.

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