Bowditch, Nathaniel

Nathaniel Bowditch

1773-1838. American scientist, captain, navigator and mathematician. During his voyages at sea, he recomputed many of the English navigational tables then in use. The task of revising these for publication was so great that Bowditch decide to write his own book, The New American Practical Navigator, published in 1802. It is still in use in a modern edition.