5. Francis Bacon
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Lord Chancellor Francis Bacon was born January 22, 1561 in Strand, London. He is known as the Father of Empiricism—in other words, he is the father of the modern scientific method. Queen Elizabeth would come to refer to him as the “young lord keeper”.
He was knighted in 1603 by James I. Bacon played a major role in the formation of the British colonies in the Americas. Thomas Jefferson was quoted as saying “Bacon, Locke, and Newton. I consider them as the three greatest men that have ever lived.”
Many people believe Bacon to be the true author of many of Shakespeare’s works and the debate over who the true author is has continued for hundereds of years.
Strand is a major thoroughfare for the city of Westminster, Central London. The name comes from the old English term strong, referring to the edge of the river. This was a trading town during the Roman occupation, and later became a principal route between the settlements of London. There are numerous palaces and mansions.
The famous music hall song “Let’s All Go Down the Strand”, composed by Harry Castling, is a tribute to this unique town.