After studying philosophy, medicine, law, and mathematics and graduating with multiple degrees Locke becomes a very important professor at Oxford College in 1652-1664.
Rene Descartes' Discourse on the Method
Locke reads Rene Descartes' Discourse on the Method and likes what he reads. This work includes the famous quote "I think, therefore I am" in 1665.
Lord Ashley Befriends Locke
Anthony Ashley Cooper "Lord Ashley" who is an important British politician meets and befriends Locke in 1666.
Lord Ashley's Personal Physician
Locke who is now Lord Ashley's personal physician supervises a liver operation that saves Lord Ashley's life and remarkably he lives another 15 years in 1668.
Fundamental Constitution of Carolina
Because of Lord Ashley's involvement in the new British colonies in America Locke is asked to write the Fundamental Constitution of Carolina in 1670.
Locke writes his first draft of the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, in it are ideas on Natural Law; based partially on the writings of others in 1671.
Locke's begins to write and promote the idea of a Social Contract, he may not be the first with the idea but his social status will make the idea popular in 1679-1680.
Locke's ideas about revolution against a government are linked to a plot to kill the king. Locke flees to Holland, many that agreed with him and Lord Ashley are arrested for treason and some are killed in 1683.
England's Glorious Revolution
England's Glorious Revolution; Locke is welcomed by the new king and returns to England in 1688.
Sir Isaac Newton
Locke meets Sir Isaac Newton and they become friends in 1689.
Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke is published in 1689.
Two Treatises of Civil Government
Two Treatises of Civil Government by John Locke is published in 1690.
British Board of Trade
Locke is appointed to the British Board of Trade and even though his health is failing he is its most influential member in 1696-1700.
John Locke dies in 1704.
Jefferson Borrows Locke's Ideas
Thomas Jefferson borrows from Locke's ideas to write the Declaration of Independence in 1776.