Who Was Nathaniel Bowditch?
Nathaniel Bowditch came from a poor Salem, Massachusetts family and was entirely self-taught after age 10! Yet he learned 6 languages (mastering Sir Isaac Newton’s “Principia” in Latin!), became the father of American navigation and one of early America’s foremost mathematicians, scientists and businessmen.

Several Salem institutions have created the Bowditch Initiative to bring alive the remarkable life story of Nathaniel Bowditch through a new Middle School curriculum (combining math, science & history), workshops, walking tours and the restoration of the Nathaniel Bowditch House.