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Christopher Wren

Architect
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Net worth 2018: $1.2 Million
Industry: Scientists
Residence: East Knoyle
Country: British
BirthDay: 20 October 1632
Sigh: Scorpio
Died On: February 25, 1723
Education: Westminster School, 1652 - Wadham College, Oxford, All Souls College, Oxford, University of Oxford
BIOGRAPHY

Christopher Wren was bornon 20 October 1632 in East Knoyle, British, is Architect. Sir Christopher Wren was the most celebrated English architect of his time, best known for the design of St Paul's Cathedral, London. Born to a rector, Wren was the only surviving son of their parents and was delicate in health from an early age. After being schooled privately at home for few years, Christopher Wren attended the Westminster School and was then enrolled in the Oxford University. Inclined towards mathematics from a young age and apparently destined for a career as a scientific scholar, after completing his Masters, Wren became the professor of astronomy in London. Wren's interest in architecture developed when he was commissioned to design the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. Later, he visited Paris to study French and Italian baroque styles which inspired and influenced his later works. After the 1666 Great Fire of London destroyed most of the city, the king appointed him as one of the architectural commissioners to oversee the rebuilding of the city. Over the next 46 years, Wren designed and supervised the rebuilding of 51 city churches including his masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral. One of the reasons for his acclaimed work was that he insisted on the finest materials and a very high standard of workmanship. Later, he also received royal commissions to design hospitals and many other buildings all around England. Rightly regarded as the most significant British architect of all time, Sir Christopher Wren skillfully interpreted the Baroque style in England and dominated English architecture for 50 years

TIMELINE
1723

Sir Christopher Wren died on February 25, 1723, in London, England

1680

He also served as an active Member of Parliament for Old Windsor in 1680, 1689 and 1690

1677

In 1677, Wren married Jane Fitzwilliam, daughter of William FitzWilliam, 2nd Baron FitzWilliam

1670

Between 1670 and 1686, he designed 51 new churches for the city of London which are today known as the ‘City Churches’

1669

In 1669, he was appointed ‘Surveyor of Works’ to Charles II, a post which he held until 1718

1666

The Great Fire of 1666 destroyed much of London and reduced most of the city to a smoking desert

1665

In 1665, Wren toured France for several months to acquire knowledge about the French Renaissance and Baroque architecture

1662

In 1662, Wren first ventured into architecture and subsequently designed the Sheldonian Theatre at Oxford, a building intended for university ceremonies

1660

In 1660, Wren became one of the founding members of the ‘The Royal Society’, along with other mathematicians, scientists and scholars

1651

In 1651, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree, and completed his M

1649

Later, he studied at the Westminster School and in 1649, attended the Wadham College, Oxford

1632

Christopher Wren was born on October 20, 1632, in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, to Christopher Wren Sr

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