Droge reveals Benjamin Franklin, scientist

Benjamin Franklin was far more than the Founding Father who flew a kite. Franklin's acclaim in Europe as a scientist provided him with entry into scientific and social circles that made possible his later diplomatic efforts and renown as a statesman. His scientific research earned him honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale and the Copley Medal from London's Royal Society, making him the first person outside of Britain to receive the prestigious award.

The public is invited to learn about Franklin's wide-ranging scientific pursuits, Tuesday, October 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. when Dr. Dale Droge presents "Benjamin Franklin: First American Scientist" in the Science Center Auditorium on the campus of Dakota State University. 

In addition to describing Franklin's role in the history of science, Droge will include hair-raising hands-on activities and nearly-dangerous demonstrations that explore Franklin's scientific achievements.  Droge is Professor of Biology and Academic Coordinator for Math and Science at Dakota State University. 

This event is part of the series of programs associated with the exhibit "Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World" showing at the Mundt Library, Dakota State University, from September 14 to October 22. 

"Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World" was organized by the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, Philadelphia, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition for libraries has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.  Additional programs at Dakota State University are funded by a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Last Updated: 1/12/12