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