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Chambers, Ephraim

Born: 1680 AD
Died: 1740 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Writers

1680 – Born in Kendal, Westmorland, England. British encyclopaedist whose work formed a basis for the 18th-century French Encyclopaedists.

         – He was apprenticed to a globe-maker in London, but having conceived the plan of his Cyclopaedia, or Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, he devoted himself entirely to it.

1728 – The first edition appeared by subscription, in two folio volumes, dedicated to King George II.

         – The first edition of his Cyclopaedia; or, An Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences appeared, and its success led to Chambers’ election to the Royal Society.

1735 – Chambers wrote for the Literary Magazine.

1740 – Died on May 15th in London, England.

1742 – Translated the History and Memoirs of the Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris, and the Practice of Perspective from the French of Jean Dubreuil.