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Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, and author. He served both as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. After his death, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution. He has been called the father of empiricism. His works argued for the possibility of scientific knowledge based only upon inductive and careful observation of events in nature. Most importantly, he argued this could be achieved by use of a skeptical and methodical approach whereby scientists aim to avoid misleading themselves.

 ASPECT       POINTS                       

Science           4          Scientist

Law                 4          Attorney General of England

Medicine         0                                                         

Business         4          Lord Chancellor of England

Philosophy      2          "Father of empiricism"                 

Art                   0                       

Travel             .5          France                       

Sports             *                        

Beauty            1           Orator

Family            .5           Ill-conceived marriage

Fame              1                        

Civic               1            Multiple public offices

Career            1                        

Wealth            0                        

Leader            1           Attorney General

Humanity       .5                       

 TOTAL         20.5                      Polymath