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Roger Bacon

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Short Biography about the life of Roger Bacon of England
The following biography, short history and interesting facts provide helpful information for history courses and history coursework about the life and history of Roger Bacon a famous Medieval character of historical importance who lived during the Middle Ages:

  • Country of Origin / Nationality: English

  • Also Known by the Nickname: Doctor Mirabilis  or Wonderful Doctor
  • Lifetime: 1214 1294
  • Born: He was born near Ilchester in Somerset, his exact date of birth is unknown
  • Education : Roger Bacon studied and later became a Master at Oxford
  • Died: Roger Bacon died in 1294
  • Character of Roger Bacon: Intelligent, curious and enthusiastic
  • Accomplishments and Achievements or why Roger Bacon was famous: As a scientist, inventor, philosopher and advocate of the modern scientific method

Roger Bacon
The story and biography of Roger Bacon which contains interesting information, facts & the history about the life of this Medieval person of historical importance. Roger Bacon studied at Paris, where his attainments secured for him the title of the "Wonderful Doctor," and lectured at Oxford. At a period when Aristotle's influence was unbounded, Bacon turned away from scholastic philosophy to mathematics and the sciences. No great discoveries were made by him, but it is interesting to read a passage in one of his works where some modern inventions are distinctly foreseen. In time, he wrote, ships will be moved without rowers, and carriages will be propelled without animals to draw them. Machines for flying will also be constructed, "wherein a man sits revolving some engine by which artificial wings are made to beat the air like a flying bird." Even in Bacon's day it would appear that men were trying to make steamboats, automobiles, and aeroplanes. The discovery of gunpowder, a compound of saltpeter, charcoal, and sulphur, has often been attributed to Bacon, probably incorrectly.

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