Benjamin Banneker

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Benjamin Banneker on his almanac of the year 1795

Benjamin Banneker, born on November 9, 1731, was the first African-American scientist.[1] He also studied mathematics, astronomy, and mechanics. In 1790, he was appointed by President George Washington to help lay out and measure the city of Washington, D.C.


  1. Benjamin Banneker: Brilliant Surveyor, Mathematician, and Astronomer

Further reading

  • Silvio A. Bedini, The Life of Benjamin Banneker. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1972.

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