Benjamin Franklin

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Benjamin Franklin

Name: Benjamin Franklin

Born: October 18, 1706, Boston, Massachusetts Bay, USA

Death: April 17, 1790 (Age: 83)

Computer-related contributions

  • Leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.
  • As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American 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'.

Significant publications

  • Poor Richard's Almanack (1733).
  • The Way to Wealth (1758).

Honors and awards

  • 6th President of Pennsylvania.
  • United States Minister to France.
  • 1st United States Postmaster General.


"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

"A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats."

"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."

"A place for everything, everything in its place."

"When you are good to others, you are best to yourself."