Ben Franklin

By Barbara Jacobson

TLG Chief Administrator

I have so many heroes that it is hard to choose, but my family just finished a new biography of Benjamin Franklin. Franklin is best known for his activities during the revolution as a leader and ambassador, but Nick Bunker makes a compelling case that while Franklin was known as a leading scientist in America at that time, his achievements and reputation were recognized throughout Europe also.

As a member of the Royal Society, he studied the scientific articles and papers, corresponded with other scientists, and then, using his  “ingenuity”, made some of the first most significant contributions in understanding electricity.

The history of the Franklin family in England and their family culture of ingenuity is just a bonus in this book!