Benjamin Banneker, a mathematician and astronomer, was born on November 9, 1731, in Ellicott's Mills, Maryland. Largely self-taught, Banneker was one of the first African Americans to gain distinction in science. In 1752, Banneker garnered public acclaim by building a clock entirely out of wood. The clock, believed to be the first built in America, kept precise time for decades. In 1789, Banneker began making astronomical calculations that enabled him to successfully forecast a solar eclipse. Benjamin Banneker saw astronomical patterns from which he could make calculations and predictions.
“Never abandon your vision. Keep reaching to further your dreams.” - Benjamin Banneker