126: America’s First Black Scientist - Benjamin Banneker

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American History tends to ignore the achievements of black people - which is why you probably haven’t heard of Benjamin Banneker… He was a polymath who went verbally toe to toe with Thomas Jefferson on the topic of slavery, was instrumental in the creation of the capital, and did so much more!
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References & Further Reading

  1. https://www.whitehousehistory.org/benjamin-banneker
  2. https://archive.org/details/bulletinunitedst2311964unit/page/17/mode/1up?view=theater
  3. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-astronomer-benjamin-bannekers-pioneering-career-180967136/
  4. https://friendsofbenjaminbanneker.com/history/benjamin-banneker-2/
  5. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=2vEQAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA65&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false
  6. https://www.history.com/.amp/news/cicadas-discovery-benjamin-banneker
  7. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uiug.30112037299119&view=1up&seq=13&skin=2021
  8. https://www.biography.com/.amp/scientist/benjamin-banneker
  9. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/85984/retrobituaries-benjamin-banneker-african-american-mathematician-who-may-have-saved
  10. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Benjamin-Banneker
  11. https://www.wired.com/2010/02/benjamin-banneker-the-first-african-american-geek/am

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