Bowditch, Nathaniel, 1773-1838

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Dates:
Birth 1773-03-26
Death 1838-03-16
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

American writer on navigation.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Salem, to an unidentified recipient, 1810 Nov. 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270910812

From the description of Letter signed : Boston, to William Vaughan in London, 1837 May 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270910815

Astronomer, mathematician, and insurance executive.

From the description of Nathaniel Bowditch correspondence, 1809. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79451162

American mathematician Nathaniel Bowditch is famous for his work on ocean navigation. Often credited as the founder of modern maritime navigation, he is best known as the editor of The Practical Navigator (1799); his seminal work, The New American Practical Navigator (1802), is still found on board every commissioned U.S. Naval vessel.

From the guide to the Nathaniel Bowditch papers, n.d., (American Philosophical Society)

Charles Babbage was a mathematician and inventor.

From the guide to the Charles Babbage selected correspondence, 1827-1871, 1827-1871, (American Philosophical Society)

Bowditch received an honorary degree from Harvard in 1802 and served as Fellow and Overseer at Harvard.

From the description of Papers of Nathaniel Bowditch, 1835. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77069345

Astronomer, mathematician; born in Salem, Massachusetts.

From the description of ALS : Salem, to Wm. S. Shaw, Esqr., Boston, 1811 Jan. 11. (Boston Public Library). WorldCat record id: 51174122

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Subjects:

  • Shipping
  • English language--Dictionaries--German
  • Comets
  • Calculators
  • Pirates
  • Navigation
  • Surveys--18th century
  • German language--Dictionaries--English
  • Antislavery movements
  • Slavery
  • Science--Periodicals
  • American periodicals
  • Landscape architecture
  • Sundials
  • Scientists--Great Britain
  • Elections;--1848
  • Suffrage
  • Mathematics
  • Plummer Farm School
  • Customs administration
  • Science--Experiments
  • Astronomy

Occupations:

  • Astronomers
  • Insurance executives
  • Mathematicians
  • Seamen

Places:

  • Malaysia (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States; (as recorded)
  • Boston (Mass.) (as recorded)
  • Salem (Mass.) (as recorded)
  • Salem (Mass.) (as recorded)
  • Massachusetts--Salem (as recorded)
  • Japan (as recorded)
  • Java (Indonesia) (as recorded)
  • Salem (Mass.) (as recorded)
  • Brookline (Mass.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)