b. 1328; d. December 31st, 1384
John Wycliffe was a famous Medieval reformer remembered principally for being the first person to translate the Bible into the English language. He was born sometime in 1328 in Yorkshire, England, and passed away on December 31st, 1384. Educated at Oxford University, he was considered the university's leading theologian, even though the Black Death delayed the achievement of his doctorate from the university until 1372. By this time, he was considered a heretic by the English Catholic church for his numerous objections to Catholic doctrine and for initiating the translation of the Bible, which was to be completed after his death. His acolytes, the Lollards, kept his Bible-centered viewpoints alive, planting the seeds for the Reformation to come.