Young Christopher was born in 1632 in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, England. He was fortunate from birth. He was the son of the Dean of Windsor, the King's chaplain. He was raised in Windsor Castle and as a child, was a playmate of another young boy of great fortune named Charles. Charles later became Charles II, King of England. Christopher was a very bright young lad, did well in school, and before he was seventeen, had invented a weather clock, a pneumatic engine, a device for writing in the dark, and a new language for the deaf and dumb. He went to Oxford where he gained a reputation as a brilliant scientist and mathematician. He was the first to demonstrate the use of opium as an anesthetic and the use of a syringe in transferring blood from one dog to another. Later, his interest in optics led him to become a professor of astronomy, doing much of the groundwork which Isaac Newton later got credit for in his gravitational theories.
|Christopher Wren's 1874 design for|
St. Paul's Cathedral, London
|St. Paul's Cathedral as completed in 1711, more than 37 years after construction began|