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Ephraim Chambers

Born: c. 1680
Birthplace: Kendal, Westmorland, England
Died: 15-May-1740
Location of death: London, England
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Encyclopaedist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Chambers Cyclopaedia

English encyclopaedist, was born at Kendal, Westmorland, in the latter part of the 17th century. He was apprenticed to a globe-maker in London, but having conceived the plan of his Cyclopaedia, or Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, he devoted himself entirely to it. The first edition appeared by subscription in 1728, in two folio volumes, dedicated to King George II. The Encyclopaedie of Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d'Alembert owed its inception to a French translation of Chambers's work. In addition to the Cyclopaedia, Chambers wrote for the Literary Magazine (1735-36), and translated the History and Memoirs of the Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris (1742), and the Practice of Perspective from the French of Jean Dubreuil. He died on the 15th of May 1740.

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