Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker

Mathematician and Stargazer

Book - 2001
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Benjamin Banneker, a free African-American man, was born in Maryland in 1731. Largely a self-educated farmer, he became a mathematician, astronomer, inventor, writer, and surveyor. In 1761 he built a wooden clock by hand that kept precise time. He learned astronomy and predicted eclipses. He compiled almanacs and became the first black man to be published. He was a member of the commission chosen by George Washington that laid out the plans for the capital city of Washington DC. Banneker wrote a letter to Thomas Jefferson attacking slavery. He is now considered America's first major black man of science.
Publisher: Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [2001]
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780761318057
Branch Call Number: B B226b
Characteristics: 48 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Naden, Corinne J.


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