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|Death:||19th November, 1672|
John Wilkins was born in Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England. He was an English Anglican clergyman, natural philosopher and author. He was one of the founders of the Royal Society. He was Bishop of Chester from 1668 until his death. He earned a BA degree in 1631 and an MA degree in 1634 both from Magdalen Hall, Oxford. He studied astronomy with John Bainbridge. He is one of the few persons to have headed a college at both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. He was a polymath, although not one of the most important scientific innovators of the period. He was one of the founders of the new natural theology compatible with the science of the time. He wrote several books include: The Discovery of a World in the Moone, Mercury, or The Secret and Swift Messenger, Mathematicall Magick, and An essay towards a real character, and a philosophical language.
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