About Robert Grosseteste
Widely regarded as a great teacher, scholar, reformer, scientist and theologian, Robert Grosseteste is believed to have been born in Suffolk in around 1170. After holding a variety of academic and ecclesiastical offices Grosseteste was consecrated Bishop of Lincoln (at the time the largest diocese in England) in 1235 and remained in office for eighteen years until his death in October 1253.
Over the course of his lifetime Grosseteste wrote many texts including philosophical commentaries, prayers, religious poems, and pastoral and scientific treatises. He also performed experiments with light and optics and is said to have inspired his younger contemporary Roger Bacon, later known as Dr Mirabilis.
The remains of Robert Grosseteste lie in the south-east transept of Lincoln Cathedral. Each year on his feast day, October 9th, he is remembered at a service held in the University Chapel.