RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 241422 LA English T1 The life of Benjamin Banneker A1 Bedini, Silvio A., PB Scribner PP New York YR 1971 SN 0684125749 9780684125749 0684134985 9780684134987 AB Originally published by Scribner in 1972 to wide praise and critical acclaim, Silvio Bedini's work remains the definitive biography of Benjamin Banneker, the self-educated mathematician and astronomer who became America's first black scientist. Born a free man in Maryland in 1731, he had little formal education but developed a remarkable aptitude for mathematics. He assisted in surveying the area that was to become the District of Columbia, but his real achievement came with the creation of almanacs. Through much of the 1790s, his work influenced daily life in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. In 1791 he took up his pen and wrote to Thomas Jefferson, arguing that the treatment of blacks in the young United States was unwarranted and unfair.