Time Line Of Sir Francis Bacon

Bacon Time Line

1561

January 22, born in London to Sir Nicolas Bacon, the lord keeper of seal, and the sister-in-law of Lord Burghley.

1573

April, enters Trinity college, Cambridge where he studies all the sciences then taught.

1576

Enters Gray’s Inn with his brother Anthony. Travels with the Ambassador to Paris, Sir Amyas Paulet.

1579

Resides at Gray’s Inn. Father’s death leaves him penniless so he begins a career in law.

1582

Made outer barister at Gray’s Inn.

1584

Takes a seat in parliament for Dorsetshire.

1591

Confidential advisor to the earl of Essex.

1593

Takes a seat in parliament for Middlesex.

1597

Publishes his Essays along with Colours of Good and Evil and the Meditationes Sacrae.

1601

February 8, Essex leads a plot to kidnap the queen in order to force her to dismiss his enemies from her court. The leaders were arrested and Bacon was instrument al in securing for the queen a guilty verdict at Essex’ trial.

1603

Queen Elizabeth dies, succeeded by James I in whose service Bacon flourishes.

1607

Receives office of solicitor.

1608

Named treasurer of Gray’s Inn.

1613

Bacon becomes attorney general.

1617

March 7, made lord keeper of the seal, the same office his father had held.

1618

January 7, made lord chancellor, and received the title of Baron Verulam.

1620

Publishes Novum Organum.

1621

Created Viscount St. Albans. Charged with bribery and found guilty upon his own admission. Fined forty thousand pounds, sentenced to the Tower of London, prohibi ted from holding office for the state, and prohibited from sitting on parliament. The sentence was reduced and no fine was paid and only four days were spent in the Tower but he never again held office or sat for parliament.

1622

Presents to Prince Charles the History of Henry VII. Publishes Historia Ventorum and Historia Vitae et Mortis.

1623

Publishes De Augmentis Scientiarum.

1624

Publishes Apothegms.

1626

March, while driving near Highgate, decides to experiment with the effect of cold on the decay of meat, purchases a fowl and stuffs it with snow. Catches cold and develops bronchitis, dying on April 9

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