Sir Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban

Date 1561 - 1626
Biographical NotesViscount St. Alban. Lord Chancellor, politician and philosopher. Bacon was a prominent advocate of empiricist natural philosophy and is often portrayed as a key figure in the Scientific Revolution. His philosophical program was laid out in his major work the 'Novum organum' (1620). However, his most popular work in his own day was 'The Essayes or Counsels, Civill and Morall' (1597). A later edition of this work from 1625 contains the apodemic essay 'Of Travaile', which had a lasting influence within the genre.

As a young man Bacon had accompanied the embassy of Sir Amias Paulet, the English ambassador to France, see ODNB.
Work(s)Author of [Of Travaile] (1625) in Essayes or Counsels, Civill and Morall, of Francis Lo. Verulam, Viscount St. Alban