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Ben Franklin The Personification of American Spirit During a time when colonial American culture was just beginning to develop very few citizens were concerned with contributing to this blossoming civilization Benjamin Franklin whether he knew it at the time or not was one of the exceptions An inventor printer scientist poet Postmaster General philosopher politician economist ambassador and author Franklin contributed to many aspects of the prospering American colonies culture Many Englishmen as well as colonists knew him as the ideal American Though Franklin was responsible for many advancements in colonial society he was especially influential as a scientist author and ambassador Ben Franklin the scientist was very able as well as versatile in the field and his interests included electricity mathematics medicine meteorology astronomy oceanography invention and countless other areas of research Wertenbaker 69 Science though very rarely studied by most early colonial Americans was a field in which Franklin was well recognized by many scientists throughout Europe and received many awards therein For instance in 1753 the Royal Society awarded him the Copley medal and Oxford University gave him an honorary degree for his study in the field of electricity Middleton 302-303 With his famous kite and key experiment Franklin made the discovery that lightning and electricity are identical While most people are familiar with Franklins elevations in electricity many are not apprised of his other scientific innovations such as bifocal glasses and daylight savings time Franklin was inventor of his own bifocals which he wore at all times an uncommon practice at the time This made him even more unique and American in the foreign lands where he traveled Schoenbrun 95 Also Franklin came up with the idea for daylight savings time however his motives were somewhat different from the current reason for the practice Rather than to equally proportion the mismatched hours of dark to light during summer and winter Franklin purposed adding or taking away an hour according
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