Authorised form of nameBowditch; Nathaniel (1773 - 1838)
Dates1773 - 1838
Place of birthSalem, Massachusetts
Date of birth26 March 1773
Place of deathBoston, Massachusetts, USA
Date of death? 17 March 1838
Research fieldAstronomy
Apprenticed to a ship chandler; learned mathematics and Latin; served as a supercargo and made four long voyages (1795); was good at navigation, so commanded a vessel himself; Actuary to an insurance company (1804); published 'A new American practical navigator'
Membership categoryForeign Member
Date of election12/03/1818
RelationshipsSon of a cooper
Bulloch's Roll; DAB; DSB
Proc Roy Soc 1838 No 35 pp 95-97
Alex D D Craik, 'James Ivory's last papers on the 'Figure of the Earth' (with biographical additions) in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 187-204
DSB gives death date as 16 Mar 1838.
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA7458
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/000461Bowditch, Nathanielnd
EC/1817/29Bowditch, Nathaniel: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/2Volume 2 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1832-1838
MC/2/283Letter from William Vaughan, 70 Fenchurch Street, to Dr. [Peter Mark] Roget, [Secretary of the Royal Society]28 May 1838
MC/2/310Letter from William Vaughan, London, to Dr. [Peter Mark] Roget, Secretary of the Royal Society18 December 1838
MC/2/287Letter from William Vaughan, 70 Fenchurch Street, to the Royal Society3 July 1838
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