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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roger Bacon has received more than 1,082,989 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Roger Bacon is the 75th most popular philosopher (down from 70th in 2019), the 81st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 72nd in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Roger Bacon ranks 75 out of 1,089. Before him are Antonio Gramsci, William of Ockham, Jürgen Habermas, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Jeremy Bentham, and Anaxagoras. After him are Claude Lévi-Strauss, Epictetus, Zeno of Citium, Xenophanes, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, and Nicholas of Cusa.

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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, Traidenis, Emperor Go-Saga, Ugolino della Gherardesca, 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, John Peckham, and Guiraut Riquier.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Roger Bacon ranks 81 out of 6,924. Before him are William of Ockham (1285), Harold Harefoot (1016), George IV of the United Kingdom (1762), Edward V of England (1470), Charles Babbage (1791), and Jeremy Bentham (1748). After him are Edward II of England (1284), William Harvey (1578), Ringo Starr (1940), George Stephenson (1781), Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), and Emily Brontë (1818).

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 John Wycliffe (1324), Duns Scotus (1265), Joseph Priestley (1733), Alcuin (735), John Venn (1834), and Pelagius (360).