See also:American mathe- matician, was
See also:born at
See also:Salem, Massachusetts . He was bred to his
See also:father's business as a
See also:cooper, and afterwards apprenticed to a
See also:chandler . His taste for
See also:mathematics early
See also:developed itself; and he acquired Latin that he might study
See also:Newton's Principia . As clerk (1795) and then as
See also:supercargo (1796, 1798, 1799) he made four long voyages; and, being an excellent navigator, he afterwards (1802) commanded a vessel, instructing his crews in lunar and other observations . He edited two
See also:editions of
See also:Moore's Navigation, and in 1802 published a valuable
See also:work, New American
See also:Practical Navigator, founded on the earlier
See also:treatise by Moore . In 1804 he became
See also:president of a Salem
See also:company . In the midst of his active career he undertook a
See also:translation of the Mecanique
See also:celeste of P . S . Laplace, with valuable annotations (vol. i., 1829) . He was offered, but declined, the professorship of mathematics and astronomy at Harvard . Subsequently he became president of the
See also:Mechanics' Institute in-Boston, and also of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . He died at Boston on the 16th of
See also:March 1838 .
See also:life of
See also:Bowditch was written by his son Nathaniel Ingersoll Bowditch (1805—1861), and was prefixed to the fou2th
See also:volume (1839) of the translation of Laplace . In 1865 this was elaborated into a
See also:separate biography by another son,
See also:Henry Ingersoll Bowditch (1808-1892), a famous Boston physician .
BOW (pronounced " bo ")
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