Francis Bacon (1562-1626). It was science that fascinated him the most, and he was truly one of the first visionaries to understand that science would give mankind the kind of power over nature that had never previously been imagined.
Francis Bacon was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. Although his political career ended in disgrace, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution. He and his work had a large affect on the Elizabethan era.