Sunday, January 11, 2009


BENJAMIN FRANKLIN..(January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.
A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist,
statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the Enlightenment and the history of physics for his
discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage
odometer, and the glass 'armonica'. He formed both the first public lending library in America and first fire department
in Pennsylvania. He was an early proponent of colonial unity and as a political writer and activist he, more than anyone,
invented the idea of an American nation and as a diplomat during the American Revolution, he secured the French alliance
that helped to make independence possible.