1545 – Born on the 2nd of March at Exeter, England in the second last year of the reign of Henry VIII. His father, John Bodley, was a Protestant merchant who went to live abroad rather than stay in England under the Catholic regime of Mary.
– He attended lectures given by John Calvin and Theodore Beza.
– Learned Greek from Mattheus Beroaldus and Hebrew from Antoine Chevallier.
1558 – Returned to England, and he entered Magdalen College, Oxford to study under Lawrence Humphrey.
1563 – Took his B.A. degree, and was shortly afterwards admitted as a Fellow to Merton College.
1565 – Became a lecturer at Merton and in April he was formally appointed as the college’s first Lecturer in Ancient Greek.
1569 – Served in many college offices and was elected as one of the University’s junior proctors, and deputy Public Orator.
1576 – Leaving Oxford with a license to study abroad and a grant from his college.
1586 – Appointed gentleman-usher to Queen Elizabeth and he entered Parliament as member for Portsmouth, and represented St. German’s.
1585 – Entrusted with a mission to form a league between Frederick II of Denmark and certain German princes to assist Henry of Navarre.
1588 – He was sent to The Hague as minister.
1596 – Permitted to return to England.
1587 – Married Ann Ball, and resign his fellowship at Merton.
1598 – The college gave a dinner in his honour.
1602 – He founded and eponym of Bodleian Library.
1604 – Knighted on 18th of April.
1613 – He died on 28th of January and was buried in the choir of Merton College chapel.