John Peckham

John Peckham
1230 - 1292

John Peckham   Astronomer

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Birthday 30th November, 1229
Birthplace Sussex
Died 8th December, 1292
Place of Death Mortlake
Buried Canterbury Cathedral
Occupation Astronomer

John Peckham (c. 1230 – 8 December 1292) was Archbishop of Canterbury in the years 1279–1292. He was a native of Sussex who was educated at Lewes Priory and became a Friar Minor about 1250. He studied at the University of Paris under Bonaventure, where he would later teach theology. From his teaching, he came into conflict with Thomas Aquinas, with whom he debated on two occasions. Known as a conservative theologian, he opposed Aquinas' views on the nature of the soul. Peckham also studied optics and astronomy, and his studies in those subjects were influenced by Roger Bacon.

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