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Francis Bacon

1561 - 1626

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, (; 22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626), also known as Lord Verulam, was an English philosopher and statesman who served as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. His works are credited with developing the scientific method and remained influential through 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francis Bacon has received more than 5,396,896 page views. His biography is available in 108 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 106 in 2019). Francis Bacon is the 14th most popular philosopher, the 9th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 8th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Philosopher.

Francis Bacon was a philosopher and scientist who is most famous for his work Novum Organum, which was published in 1620. Bacon's work was an attempt to reform the way that knowledge is gained and used.

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Among PHILOSOPHERS

Among philosophers, Francis Bacon ranks 14 out of 1,089. Before him are Avicenna, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Niccolò Machiavelli, Augustine of Hippo, and John Locke. After him are Pythagoras, Thomas Aquinas, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Montesquieu, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Thomas Hobbes.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1561, Francis Bacon ranks 1After him are Jacopo Peri, Luis de Góngora, Katō Kiyomasa, Santorio Santorio, Henry Briggs, Ii Naomasa, Anna Maria of the Palatinate, Adriaan van Roomen, Thomas Fincke, and Mary Sidney. Among people deceased in 1626, Francis Bacon ranks 1After him are Nurhaci, Willebrord Snellius, John Dowland, Ernst von Mansfeld, William V, Duke of Bavaria, Adriaen de Vries, Isabella of Savoy, Christian the Younger of Brunswick, Ferdinando Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, Louis V, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, and Pietro Cataldi.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Francis Bacon ranks 9 out of 6,924. Before him are Charles Darwin (1809), Elizabeth II (1926), Adam Smith (1723), Elizabeth I of England (1533), Charlie Chaplin (1889), and John Locke (1632). After him are Winston Churchill (1874), James Watt (1736), Stephen Hawking (1942), Ragnar Lodbrok (850), Queen Victoria (1819), and Thomas Hobbes (1588).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Francis Bacon ranks 2Before him are John Locke (1632). After him are Thomas Hobbes (1588), David Hume (1711), Thomas More (1478), Herbert Spencer (1820), William of Ockham (1285), Jeremy Bentham (1748), Roger Bacon (1220), John Wycliffe (1324), Duns Scotus (1265), and Joseph Priestley (1733).