John Wilkins

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Rev John Wilkins
John Wilkins (1614–1672) was a clergyman, academic, writer, and scientist.

At various times he was Warden of Wadham College, Oxford, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and finally Bishop of Chester, but he is perhaps best remembered as one of the founders in 1660 of the Royal Society.

In 1656, he married Robina French, the youngest sister of Oliver Cromwell. However Mark Govier claims that he was gay, quoting "a noted expert".[1]


  1. Mark Govier, "The Royal Society: the brainchild of some smart 17th-century gays" in The Pink Humanist, Issue 4 Volume 1, September 2012, page 10