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Benjamin Banneker – Black Inventor

Benjamin BannekerIt seems as if some individuals are blessed with the ability to excel at anything that they focus their natural intelligence upon, and Benjamin Banneker is one of those individuals.

Benjamin Banneker is recognized as the embodiment of the natural sciences for his work in farming, the writing of almanacs, as well as astronomy, yet he had the technical prowess to build large clocks by gleaning the secrets of time from pocket watches, to analyse and extrapolate the secrets of mathematics and so on.

But when it seems that his talent is enveloped in these fields, research will show that he was a philosopher, author, and social commentator the likes of which have followed very rarely throughout the course of human history. Classifying Banneker as an inventor alone is limiting – he was a true visionary and genius.

 

 

The greatness of Banneker cannot be traced through history. He lived during the late 1700’s, but it is difficult to accurately trace his roots. It is clear that he was the progeny of slaves, which makes his achievements even more profound. As is to be expected due to the political landscape at the time in the United States, Banneker was not afforded the chance to pursue his education, but he had enough raw observational skill to succeed wherever he chose.

In a rare combination of talent and passion, Banneker started to study the world around him, devouring information voraciously. His studies led to some very accurate almanacs, which track weather in order to advise farmers. And while this rural achievement is undoubtedly impressive, as is his gift in the associated fields of astronomy, meteorology and mathematics, it is the fact that he pursued his quest to counteract the stereotypes of racism that make him stand out. His letters garnered responses from some of history’s most powerful figures, and the fact that he had such strong social views shows that his way of thinking was way ahead of his time.

 
 
 
 

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