Matthew Wren

(1629—1672) political writer and politician

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Matthew Wren was born on 20 August 1629 in Cambridge and died there on 14 June 1672. He was buried with his father at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge. The eldest son of Matthew Wren, Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge and Laudian Bishop of Ely, he was the cousin of Sir Christopher Wren. Matthew Wren was educated mainly at Cambridge but gained an MA from Oxford in 1661. By 1656, he had become acquainted with Dr John Wilkins, Warden of Wadham College, Oxford, and was part of a group of intellectuals who later founded the Royal Society. He became secretary to Edward Hyde, the Earl of Clarendon, from 1660 to 1667, MP for St Michael from 1661 to 1672, and secretary to James, Duke of York, from 1667 to 1672. Wren was one of the Council of the Royal Society named in Charles II's original charter and he regularly participated in its activities.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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