1st Viscount St. Alban
22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626
Novum Organum Scientiarum
Bacon's 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.
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.