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Roger Bacon

1220 - 1292

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Roger Bacon (; Latin: Rogerus or Rogerius Baconus, Baconis, also Frater Rogerus; c. 1219/20 – c. 1292), also known by the scholastic accolade Doctor Mirabilis, was a medieval English philosopher and Franciscan friar who placed considerable emphasis on the study of nature through empiricism. In the early modern era, he was regarded as a wizard and particularly famed for the story of his mechanical or necromantic brazen head. He is sometimes credited (mainly since the 19th century) as one of the earliest European advocates of the modern scientific method, along with his teacher Robert Grosseteste. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roger Bacon has received more than 1,518,549 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Roger Bacon is the 81st most popular philosopher (down from 75th in 2019), the 89th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 80th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Philosopher.

Roger Bacon is most famous for his work on optics and the scientific method.

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Among philosophers, Roger Bacon ranks 81 out of 1,081Before him are Jürgen Habermas, Ibn Arabi, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Jeremy Bentham, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, and Claude Lévi-Strauss. After him are Jean Bodin, Nicholas of Cusa, Nagarjuna, Gregory of Nazianzus, Carl von Clausewitz, and Al-Kindi.

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Among people born in 1220, Roger Bacon ranks 1After him are Alexander Nevsky, Pope Martin IV, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, William of Rubruck, Brunetto Latini, Stefan Uroš I, Alphonse, Count of Poitiers, Ugolino della Gherardesca, Traidenis, Emperor Go-Saga, and Enzo of Sardinia. Among people deceased in 1292, Roger Bacon ranks 1After him are Pope Nicholas IV, Kinga of Poland, Abraham Abulafia, Thibaud Gaudin, Guiraut Riquier, and John Peckham.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Roger Bacon ranks 89 out of 7,765Before him are Maggie Smith (1934), Elton John (1947), Edward Heath (1916), Edward I of England (1239), Edward V of England (1470), and Alan Rickman (1946). After him are Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), Walter Scott (1771), Guy Fawkes (1570), Robert Owen (1771), Edward VIII (1894), and Jane Seymour (1508).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Roger Bacon ranks 9Before him are Thomas Hobbes (1588), David Hume (1711), Thomas More (1478), Herbert Spencer (1820), William of Ockham (1285), and Jeremy Bentham (1748). After him are Joseph Priestley (1733), John Venn (1834), Duns Scotus (1265), John Wycliffe (1324), Alcuin (735), and Pelagius (360).