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Thomas Browne

English polymath (1605-1682)

1605   -   1682

country of citizenship: United Kingdom, Kingdom of England
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: Leiden University, Winchester College, Pembroke College, University of Montpellier
occupation: philosopher, physician writer, writer, physician
influenced by: Francis Bacon

Sir Thomas Browne (; 19 October 1605 – 19 October 1682) was an English polymath and author of varied works which reveal his wide learning in diverse fields including science and medicine, religion and the esoteric. His writings display a deep curiosity towards the natural world, influenced by the scientific revolution of Baconian enquiry and are permeated by references to Classical and Biblical sources as well as the idiosyncrasies of his own personality. Although often described as suffused with melancholia, Browne's writings are also characterised by wit and subtle humour, while his literary style is varied, according to genre, resulting in a rich, unique prose which ranges from rough notebook observations to polished Baroque eloquence.
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