A seventeenth-century English philosopher and author, he is known for works such as "The Darkness of Atheism Dispelled by the Light of Nature" (1652) and "Epicurus's Morals" (1656). His writings typically focus on history, archaeology, and theology.
He began studying at Magdalen Hall, Oxford when he was just sixteen years old; by the time he was twenty-two, he had earned his medical degree. He published his first work, Deliramenta Catarrhi, in 1650.
In his 1663 work, Chorea Gigantum, he attempted to provide evidence that Stonehenge had been constructed by the Danes.
He was born in Somerset, England and was educated during his younger years by his minister father. He moved to London in 1650.
He was an influential English natural philosopher, as was Joseph Priestley.