Benjamin Banneker

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Benjamin Banneker Life Story Math Project

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  • Screw this!
  • Yes! My clock is finally working! And its wooden! My parents will be so proud
  • Benjamin Banneker was a mathematician born in Baltimore County, Maryland, his mother being a free African American women and a former slave father. He was born with three sisters.
  • He attended a nearby Quaker country school for several seasons, but this was the extent of his formal education. He later taught himself literature, history, mathematics, and he enjoyed reading.
  • Ugh...What should I call it? Wait, I know! Ben..ja....min...Banne... ...ker's...Almanac!
  • Banneker attended the Quaker school for a short period of time. He was primarily self educated, a fact that did little to diminish his brilliance. His early accomplishments were making a wooden clock that was reputed to keep accurate time and ran for more than 50 years until his death.
  • Benjamin eventually married Mary Banneky, the daughter of an Englishwoman named Molly Welsh, a former indentured servant, and Bannka, an ex-slave whom she freed. He had no kids.
  • Benjamin Banneker was famous for being a mathematician and a surveyor. He was also known as the first African American scientist. He has also published his own almanac "Benjamin Banneker's Almanac".
  • Because of Banneker, we now have a better version of the clock. If he hadn't made his wooden clock, we probably would've had a clock with Roman Numerals on it! And Benjamin Banneker's study of Astronomy and Math has helped us to find more ways to use it, and without him, we probably would need to explore a bit more in math to find out some problems unexplainable
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