Banneker, Benjamin

Born: Nov 09, 1731 AD
Died: 1806 AD, at 74 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Astronomers, Inventor, Publishers

African American mathematician, astronomer, clockmaker, and publisher.


1731 - Benjamin Banneker was born on the 9th of November.


1752 - He saw a pocket watch that was owned by a traveling salesman named Josef Levi. He was so fascinated by it that Levi gave it to him.


       - Banneker then carved large-scale wooden replicas of each piece, calculating the gear assemblies himself, and used the parts to make a striking clock.


1761 - Constructed mechanical clock(probably 1st mechanical clock made in America)


         - This event changed his life, and he became a watch and clock maker.


1789 - Banneker began his study of astronomy.


1791 - Appointed by President George Washington to a three man team of surveyors.


         - Created and published his acclaimed Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Almanac and Ephemeris.


1806 - He complained of being ill and went home to rest on his couch and died on 9th of October.




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