The Legacy

Was William Dunbar a great American? If diversity of interests and inquisitiveness are the yardstick, he certainly was extraordinary. If recognition beyond his lifetime is the yardstick, he was not. But Dunbar certainly deserves recognition for the quality of his astronomical calculations at the thi...

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Published in: William Dunbar p. 213
Main Author: ARTHUR H. DeROSIER
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: The University Press of Kentucky 02-05-2015
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Summary: Was William Dunbar a great American? If diversity of interests and inquisitiveness are the yardstick, he certainly was extraordinary. If recognition beyond his lifetime is the yardstick, he was not. But Dunbar certainly deserves recognition for the quality of his astronomical calculations at the thirty-first parallel in 1798, for his achievements as a scientific explorer, for his part in founding a college, for his significant scholarly contributions to the American Philosophical Society, for his improvements in the taking of longitude, and for his remarkable political skills. And then there was cotton. There can be no question about the leadership role
ISBN: 0813124557
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