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Nathaniel Bowditch

  • Birth 26 Mar 1773 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 16 Mar 1838 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 1766

Scientist. Educated at Harvard, with Doctorate degrees in mathematics, science and astronomy, he is considered the "Father of Modern Navigation". In 1795, he shipped out on the first of five voyages to the East Indies, poring over the navigational tables in which he found and corrected over 8,000 errors. The corrected tables were published in Bowditch's book "The New American Practical Navigator" (1802) and is an essential part of every seaman's gear. In 1805, he helped organize the East India Marine Society which collected and disseminated navigation information among its sea captain members.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith





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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1766
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nathaniel Bowditch (26 Mar 1773–16 Mar 1838), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1766, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .