John Dee, writer with a connection to Wales (Powys, Radnorshire)
John DeeRenowned polymath. Tutor to Elizabeth I. A noted euclidian mathematician, antiquary, astronomer, philosopher, geographer, propagandist, astrologer, linguist and spy.
Connection: Born at Cefn Pawl, Beguildy, Powys. Known as Ieuan Ddu, John Dee and Black Jack. His father Rowland Dee, from Pilleth, Radnorshire served under Henry viii. Claimed descent from Rhodri Mawr and related to the Cecils.
Was the first person to coin the phrase "British Empire".