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January 22: Francis Bacon (1561)

It was on this date, January 22, 1561, that English science essayist Francis Bacon was born in London, a contemporary of William Shakespeare in Elizabethan England. Elizabeth did not favor him, but after 1603 James I did. Bacon became Baron Verulam, Viscount St. Albans and Lord Chancellor of England. Bacon was a promoter of scientific inquiry. This can be seen in his Novum Organon (1620), De Augmentis Scientarum (1623) and New Atlantis (1627). To his dying day, on 9 April 1626, Bacon believed science, not religion, was the salvation of the human race. Bacon professed religious orthodoxy in public, but...

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Originally published January 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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