Washington Academy of Sciences  Annual Awards Banquet

Thursday, May 14, 2015 6:00 – 9:00pm

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sethanne Howard “Benjamin Banneker and Celestial Navigation: Just how did they know where they were, then?”


Map of DC in 1835 (Library of Congress)

Sethanne Howard

Dr. Sethanne Howard

Dr. Sethanne Howard, esteemed astronomer, author, and long-time Washington Academy of Sciences Board Member will tell the remarkable story of Benjamin Banneker, who was on the team that surveyed the original boundaries of Washington D.C.  He was a self-educated scientist and extraordinary mathematician.  Dr. Howard will also discuss the techniques used in those days to determine latitude and longitude for surveying.

Please come and invite your friends!  This is the Academy’s annual event when we recognize the achievements of many local scientists, engineers and educators.  Come and share the joy!  (Black tie optional).

Location: National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (NRECA), 4301 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22203



The Washington Academy of Sciences was incorporated in 1898 as an affiliation of eight Washington D.C. area scientific societies. The formation of the Academy culminated a decade of planning under the leadership of the Philosophical Society of Washington. The founders included Alexander Graham Bell and Samuel Langley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The purpose of the new Academy was to encourage the advancement of science and “to conduct, endow, or assist investigation in any department of science.” That purpose guided the Academy throughout its first 100 years and will continue to be our guide through the coming century.

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