John Wilkins(1614-1672), Bishop of Chester
Sitter in 6 portraits
A Founder Fellow of the Royal Society and first Secretary, 1663-68. Wilkins was a Parliamentarian who prospered under the Commonwealth. He was appointed Master of Wadham College, Oxford, 1648, where he established an experimental science club which was the principle forerunner of the Royal Society. He married Oliver Cromwell's sister Robina in 1656. His political allegiance meant that he was dismissed from his posts at the Restoration but he soon re-established his position and was appointed Bishop of Chester in 1668. Wilkins was an active Fellow and published papers on astronomy, cryptography, a universal logical language and travelling to the moon.