Benjamin Banneker, the black man, was born on 1731
and was a self taught astronomer and mathematician.
He was from Ellicott, MD and at the age of 22,
he created a working clock made out of wood
after studying the watch of a friend. So you don’t
have to have a watch on to see time. Some people
forget their watches and have to use the time on
clocks in the buildings. Think about that.
No one would know when the job starts or
when televeision programs should come on without
In 2 years, he finished the clock, which kept accurate
time in hours, minutes, seconds. He became interested in
astronomy because a local surveyor gave him astronomy books.
In April 1791, Banneker put the first of 10 almanacs
into existence. They were published by several printers
and sold in England and the America. Benjamin
successfully predicted solar eclipses. Farmers and navigators
needed his important information.
Growing up, he spent a lot of time devising and solving
It is amazing he was able self teach. Some people learn
at a normal pace. Others are a quick study,
but self teaching is beyond great.
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