Bacon enriches our lives in of so many ways. Most of us know bacon as a ridiculously tasty food, revered the world over for it’s magical powers of deliciousness. But did you know that bacon has also lent it’s names to some incredibly famous people throughout history? It’s true! Bacon is so highly regarded that many great talents and thinkers have borne the name bacon with pride.
Here are some of the most well known examples of Famous Bacons.
Sir Francis Bacon
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Francis Bacon lived between 1561 and 1626, and was not only a brilliant writer, philosopher, and jurist, but also a pioneer of the scientific method. He is credited as the father of empiricism and was a driving force between the scientific revolution in England. We was known for being a remarkable quotable person as well, coining such phrases as: “old wood best to burn; old wine to drink, old friends to trust; and old authors to read;” and “who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.” His tragic death occurred when he contracted pneumonia while studying the effects of freezing and how it could be used to preserve meat – a noble death for someone with the name Bacon!
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This popular American Actor has appeared in so many roles over the years, and in such a variety of movies across many genres, that a famous trivia game was created out of his career. Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is based on the idea that any actor in Hollywood can be linked to any other via a handful of associations, all by connections to Kevin Bacon. Just about everyone in the English-speaking world has played Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon while on a car trip. One again, Bacon brings people together.
Clara Latimer Bacon
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Clara Bacon was a renowned mathematician and in 1911 was the first woman to receive a PhD in Mathemantics from Johns Hopkins University. She was an outstanding teacher who strove to educate women in higher mathematics. She taught at women’s colleges, worked under a fellowship from Baltimore Association for Promotion of University Education of Women. She was also a member of the League of Women Voters. Clara was truly an example of Bacon changing the world!
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Delia Bacon was a 19th-Century American writer, famous for her plays and short stories, and sister of Congregational Minister Leonard Bacon (now that’s a name and a half!). Delia was also a Shakespeare scholar, and worked extensively of the Shakespeare authorship question. She was friends with Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson, and in 1832 she beat Edgar Allen Poe to win a short story prize. Another example of a feisty Bacon making a mark on the world!