Samuel Pepys (1633-1703)|
Pepys career in government began as secretary to Sir Edward Montagu under Charles II after which he was named clerk of the kings ships and a member of the navy board in 1660. By 1686 he was secretary of the Admiralty. His career in the British Navy was not without distinction, but his accomplishments will forever be overshadowed by his famous "Diary."
Pepys' Diary describes, in frank detail, his life and the times during the
rule of Charles II between 1660 and 1669. Written in shorthand (due to his failing sight), the undabridged "Diary" was first translated and published between 1819 and 1822.
Pepys was born in London and educated at Cambridge University. He served
in Parliament and counted among his friends Sir Issac Newton and Sir Christopher Wren.