Authorised form of nameLodwick; Francis (1619 - 1694); linguistic scholar
Other forms of surnameLodwik
Dates1619 - 1694
Date of birthc. August 1619
Date of deathc. January 1694
Dates and placesBaptism:
Dutch Church, London, England, Europe (8 August 1619)
St Mary Abchurch, London, England, Europe (5 January 1694)
Research fieldLinguistics
Traded abroad in cloth and books; 'informant' of Samuel Hartlib; invented a universal language, phonetic alphabet and Dutch shorthand
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election30/11/1681
Age at election62
ProposerJohn Houghton
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
Council 1686-1687, 1689-1690-1693
Committee to audit the Treasurers' accounts (1687; 1690)
Other Royal Society activityCorrespondent regarding linguistics and the idea of a universal language (1680s);
Had a paper on universal alphabet partly published in the 'Philosophical Transactions' (1686)
RelationshipsParents: Waldrave Lodwick and Judith Roussel
Married: Mary de le Bo
Published worksRCN: R81218
RCN: 50978
General contextWith the project to construct a philosophical language, Lodwick was amongst men such as Robert Hooke (FRS 1663), a close friend of his, as well as John Ray (FRS 1667), and Thomas Pigott (FRS 1679), who all strived to complete work started by John Wilkins (FRS 1660). It is also possible that Lodwick was acquainted with the writer Daniel Defoe. In total, Lodwick published three works on the topic of linguistics. His name was used for a time by Esperanto creator L L Zamenhof.
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Bulloch's Roll; DNB (MP); Hunter; ODNB
Lewis, R. 2002. 'The publication of John Wilkins's Essay (1668): some contextual considerations', in Notes and Records, vol. 56, pp. 133-146
Baptism information from DNB. On Printed Lists for 1692 and not after.
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA7801
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/P1/58Letter, from Andrew Paschall to Francis Lodwick30 September 1681
MS/390/4Bond of Francis Lodwick to the Treasurer of the Royal Society10 January 1682
CLP/16/5Paper, regarding a universal alphabet and primes by Francis Lodwick[1685-1686]
CLP/16/4Paper, 'A designe towards an universall alfabet' by Francis Lodwick[1685-1686]
EL/P1/60Letter, from Andrew Paschell to Francis Ludwik9 August 1682
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