He was born in 1610 at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.  He studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated M.A. in 1631. He became a chaplain (canon) of Christ Church, Oxford, in 1632, from where he was ejected in 1648.
- Robert Hues's Tractatus de globis (A Learned Treatise of Globes, 1639)
- the De Monarchia Hispanica of Tommaso Campanella (Discourse Touching the Spanish Monarchy, 1654)
- Jacques Ferrand on 'erotic melancholy',
- the Riti Ebraici of Leon of Modena (The history of the rites, customes, and manner of life, of the present Jews, throughout the world,' 1650)
- the Curiositez of Jacques Gaffarel, (Unheard-of Curiosities Concerning the Talismanical Sculpture of the Persians, 1650)
Anthony Wood described him as "a choice mathematician, a noted critic, and one that understood several tongues, especially the Greek, very well" (Wood, Ath. Oxon., 3.350–51)
- HOASM: Edmund Chilmead
- Gibson 1887.
- "John Malalas". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
- "Tommaso Campanella". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
- PDF, in French, p. 1; published in 1640 as Erotomania or a Treatise Discoursing of the Essence, Causes, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Cure of Love, or Erotique Melancholy.
- Bibliographie Astrologique : Catalogue Alphabétique des Textes Astrologiques Français (C.A.T.A.F.) - par Jacques Halbronn
- Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic (1971), p. 451 of Penguin edition.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gibson, John Westby (1887). "Chilmead, Edmund". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography 10. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- Concise Dictionary of National Biography
- Mordechai Feingold, Penelope M. Gouk, An early critique of Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum: Edmund Chilmead's treatise on sound, Annals of Science, Volume 40, Issue 2 March 1983, pp. 139–157