Benjamin Banneker: Astronomer and Mathematician

Benjamin Banneker: surveyor, astronomer, mathematician, almanac author, clock maker, and peace activist was born on November 9, 1731.

A Quaker based education excelled Banneker’s thirst for knowledge during his teenage years.  After limited formal schooling, much of his knowledge of mathematics and science was self taught.

At age 31, Banneker made his first clock from wooden parts.  He published almanacs from 1792 through 1802.

Banneker in less than a month created a surveyor’s map (1791) for Washington D.C. (rescuing city planners from the inaccurate calculations of previous surveyors).

This African American (1731 - 1806) is responsible for creating one of the world’s most beautiful and historic cities.

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