Francis Bacon was born in London England and attended Trinity College in Cambridge. Following his graduation, he intended to become a lawyer but eventually decided to go into politics by becoming a diplomat in France. Due to family reasons, Bacon returned to his profession as a lawyer to make a more comfortable living.

In 1584 he was elected to parliament, however, a politically unfavorable friendship with the Earl of Essex held him back from progressing his career in politics.

The accession of James I in 1603, however, opened up new opportunities for Bacon and by 1618 he was promoted to Lord Chancellor. His new post only lasted for a couple of years as he was known for taking bribes.

After his political career came to an end, Francis Bacon spent the rest of his life writing and working on his scientific studies.