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Franklin, Benjamin

Born: 1706 AD
Died: 1790 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Scientist

US diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, and printer

 

1718 – Becomes printer’s apprentice to James, his older brother. 

 

1724 – 1726 – Lives and works as a printer in London. Returns to Philadelphia to clerk a store.

 

1727 – Founds the Junto group. 

 

1728 – Established printing business in Philadelphia

 

1729 – Purchases the Pennsylvania gazette newspaper. 

 

1730 – Benjamin marries Deborah Read. 

 

1731 – Main founder of Library Co. of Philadelphia (1st subscription library in America)

 

1732-1757 – Published "Poor Richard’s Almanack" (under pseudonym Richard Saunders)

 

1736 – 1737- founds Union Fire Company and is appointed postmaster of Philadelphia. 

 

1740 – Inventor and eponym of Franklin stove

 

1754 – Pennsylvania delegate to Albany Congress, proposed Plan of Union

 

1769-1790 – Founder and 1st president of American Philosophical Society

 

– Developed fluid model of electric current, consisting of motion of microscopic charged particles

 

– Proposed experiment demonstrating lightning to be a form of electricity

 

– Invented lightning rod

 

1773 – Wrote satiric pamphlet "Rules by Which a Great Empire May be Reduced to a Small One"

 

1775 – Lives in london and works for repeal of stamp act.

 

1785 – Returns to America.

 

1787 – Signs the constitution, becomes a delegate to the constitutional convention

 

1790 ( April 17) – dies in Philadelphia