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Awards Banquet, May 14, 2015

Awards Banquet, May 14, 2015

Another Successful Awards Banquet

Dr. Sethanne Howard’s presentation “Benjamin Banneker and Celestial Navigation: Just how did they know where they were, then?” was the highlight of our annual banquet to give recognition to deserving local scientists and engineers.

Dr. Sethanne Howard, esteemed astronomer, author, and long-time Washington Academy of Sciences Board Member presented 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 also discussed the techniques used in those days to determine latitude and longitude for surveying.

Photos of awardees will be displayed here soon!


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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