hide Matching Documents

Browsing named entities in Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing). You can also browse the collection for Benjamin Peirce or search for Benjamin Peirce in all documents.

Your search returned 7 results in 4 document sections:

Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Bowditch, Nathaniel, 1773-1838 (search)
the greatest men of science of his time. While he was yet on the sea he published (1800) his Practical navigator. He made the first Nathaniel Rowditch. entire translation into English of La Place's Mecanique Celeste, and published it, in 4 volumes, in 1829, with most valuable commentaries, in which were recorded the more recent discoveries in astronomy. It was estimated that there were at that time only two or three persons in America, and not more than twelve in Great Britain, who were able to read the original work critically. La Place added much to his work many years after it was published. Bowditch translated this supplement; and it has been published, as a fifth volume, under the editorial care of Prof. Benjamin Peirce, with an elaborate commentary. Bowditch had acquired a knowledge of various languages, and drew his great store of knowledge from many sources. He became a member of the principal scientific societies in Europe. He died in Boston, Mass., March 16, 1838.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Coast and Geodetic survey, United States (search)
in less than two years it was discontinued. Mr. Hassler resumed it in 1832, and the work has been carried on continually ever since. Mr. Hassler died in 1842, and was succeeded by Alexander Dallas Bache (q. v.). On his death, in 1867, Prof. Benjamin Peirce (q. v.) was made superintendent. Professor Bache greatly extended the scope of the survey, including an investigation of the Gulf Stream, the laws of tides, and their ebb and flow in harbors and rivers, so that navigators might have comptes captured some of the vessels employed in the survey; and officers and pilots engaged in the work were transferred to service in the navy, and, with their minute knowledge of the coasts, greatly assisted in the national operations there. Professor Peirce still further extended the survey, so as to constitute a great national triangulation—a geodetic survey intended to embrace the shores of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans within its limits, and to form, by means of triangulation, a grand chai
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Peirce, Benjamin 1809- (search)
Peirce, Benjamin 1809- Scientist; born in Salem, Mass., April 4, 1809; graduated at Harvard College in 1829; became tutor in mathematics there in 1831, and from 1842 to 1867 was Perkins Professor of Astronomy and Mathematics, and was also consulting astronomer to The Ephemcris and Nautical almanac from its establishment in 1849. Dr. Peirce was a pupil of Dr. Bowditch's, and read the proof-sheets of his translation of the Mecanique Celeste. In September, 1867, he was appointed superintendent of the United States Coast Survey, which post he held until his death in Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 6, 1880. He was a member of leading scientific societies at home of the Royal Society of London, 1852; president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1853; and one of the scientific council that established the Dudley Observatory at Albany, N. Y., in 1855. Dr. Peirce published many scientific essays; and in 1851 discovered and announced the fluidity of Saturn's rings.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
2 Imperial Japanese embassy, of 114 persons, is presented to the President of the republic at the executive mansion......March 4, 1872 United States Centennial commissioners and alternates meet in Philadelphia and organize, electing Joseph R. Hawley president......March 4, 1872 Statues of Jonathan Trumbull and Roger Sherman presented to the Senate by Connecticut for the old Hall of Representatives......March 8, 1872 President Grant appoints Gen. A. A. Humphreys, U. S. A., Prof. Benjamin Peirce, United States coast survey, and Capt. Daniel Ammen, U. S. N., a commission to examine plans and proposals for an interoceanic canal across the Isthmus of Darien......March, 1872 Prof. S. F. B. Morse, born 1791, dies in New York......April 2, 1872 National convention of colored men at New Orleans; Frederick Douglass, chairman......April 10-14, 1872 Assassination of Judge J. C. Stephenson, Thomas E. Detro, and James C. Cline at Gun City, Mo.......April 24, 1872 Senator-ele