Christopher Wren (Author of Life and Works of Sir Christopher Wren. from the Parentalia; Or Memoirs)
Sir Christopher Wren
Christopher Wren , in full Sir Christopher Wren , born October 20, , East Knoyle, Wiltshire, England—died February 25, , London , designer, astronomer, geometrician, and the greatest English architect of his time. Wren designed 53 London churches, including St. He was a founder of the Royal Society president —82 , and his scientific work was highly regarded by Isaac Newton and Blaise Pascal. He was knighted in Wren was the only surviving son of a rector, and from an early age he was delicate in health. Before Christopher was three, his father was appointed dean of Windsor, and the Wren family moved into the precincts of the court.
October 20, East Knoyle, Wiltshire, England. Sir Christopher James Wren , October 20, —February 25, was a seventeenth century English designer, astronomer, geometer, and the greatest English architect of his time. Wren designed 53 London churches, including St Paul's Cathedral, as well as many secular buildings of note such as Oxford University's Sheldonian Theatre, where convocations are held. He was a founder of the Royal Society president — , and his scientific work was highly regarded by Sir Isaac Newton and Blaise Pascal. Wren left an indelible mark on English architecture and was a major figure of the English Renaissance. As England turned away from Europe as the main stage of her imperial ambition, and looked to territories further afield in the Americas and in Asia, it was fitting that a new capital should be built for a new empire after much of the city had been destroyed in the Great Fire. His epitaph reads, " Si monumentum requiris, circumspice,'," "If you're looking for his legacy, look around.
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British Broadcasting Corporation Home., The English architect Sir Christopher Wren interpreted the baroque style in England and dominated English architecture for 50 years. His most important work is St.
The principal creative responsibility for a number of the churches is now more commonly attributed to others in his office, especially Nicholas Hawksmoor. Educated in Latin and Aristotelian physics at the University of Oxford , Wren was a founder of the Royal Society president — , and his scientific work was highly regarded by Isaac Newton and Blaise Pascal. Christopher Sr. It was while they were living at East Knoyle that all their children were born; Mary, Catherine and Susan were all born by but then several children were born who died within a few weeks of their birth. Their son Christopher was born in then, two years later, another daughter named Elizabeth was born.
Christopher Wren attended Westminster School and Wadham College, Oxford, where he graduated with a masters degree in At this stage Wren was a pure scientist by the standards of the time focusing on astronomy, physics, and anatomy. He experimented with submarine design, road paving, and design of telescopes. In Wren was one of the founding members of the Society of Experimental Philosophy. A first stab at architecture It was not until that Wren tried his hand at architecture, and his first commission was literally the result of nepotism.