1544 – He was born on the 24th day of May this year in Colchester, England. He is known for his investigations of magnetism and electricity. Gilbert was the originator of the term "electricity" and many regard him as the father of electrical engineering or father of electricity
1600 – His primary work was De Magnete, Magneticisque Corporibus, et de Magno Magnete Tellure (On the Magnet and Magnetic Bodies, and on the Great Magnet the Earth) published in this year.
1603 – He died on the 30th of November this year. His cause of death is thought to have been the bubonic plague.