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Locke, John

Born: 1632 AD
Died: 1704 AD, at 72 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Philosopher


1632 - Born on the 29th of August, in a small thatched cottage by the church in Wrington, Somerset, about twelve miles from Bristol.

1647 - He was sent to the prestigious Westminster School in London under the sponsorship of Alexander Popham, a member of Parliament and former commander of the younger Locke's father.

1656 - Locke was awarded a bachelor's degree.

1658 - He was awarded  a master's degree.

1666 - He met Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, who had come to Oxford seeking treatment for a liver infection.

1667 - He had been looking for a career and moved into Shaftesbury's home at Exeter House in London, to serve as Lord Ashley's personal physician.

1674 - He obtained a bachelor of medicine, having studied medicine extensively during his time at Oxford and worked with such noted scientists and thinkers as Robert Boyle, Thomas Willis, Robert Hooke and Richard Lower.

1683 - Locke fled to the Netherlands, Holland, under strong suspicion of involvement in the Rye House Plot, which was a plot against King James II.

1704 - He died on the 28th of October, after a prolonged decline in health, and is buried in the churchyard of the village of High Laver, east of Harlow in Essex, where he had lived in the household of Sir Francis Masham since 1691. Locke never married nor had children.


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