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Who was Roger Bacon


Roger Bacon was a learned Franciscan, born at Ilchester in England, in 1214. He studied at Oxford, and afterwards became professor at the world famous University of Oxford. He was familiar with every branch of human knowledge, but was especially distinguished for his extraordinary proficiency in the natural sciences.

To Bacon we owe the invention of the telescope; that of gunpowder is ascribed to him, as stated above, although we have no evidence to show whether he discovered its ingredients himself, or whether he derived the knowledge from some ancient manuscripts. Bacon suffered some from the ignorance of the age in which he lived, many of his experiments being looked upon as magic.

Bacon died at Oxford in the year 1294.