In 1753, Ben Franklin won the Copley Medal awarded by the Royal Society of London. The same year, he was also awarded honorary doctorate degrees from a number of prestigious universities, including Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. In 1759, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.Know More
The Copley Medal was awarded annually for major scientific discoveries and advancements and was roughly equivalent to a Nobel Prize. Franklin won the medal for his experiments with electricity.
Though Franklin did not receive many formal awards for his work, his list of accomplishments was vast. He helped to establish the United States' first lending library, created "Poor Richard's Almanack," charted the Gulf Stream, published America's first political cartoon, drafted the Declaration of Independence, signed the Constitution, and invented the glass harmonica, bifocals and an instrument for taking books down from shelves. He also held many prominent and influential positions in his life, including official printer for Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge of Pennsylvania, clerk of the Pennsylvania Assembly, Postmaster of Philadelphia, Postmaster General of North America, and a delegate to the Continental Congress.Learn more about Middle Ages
In medieval times, a franklin was a free landowner who was not a man of noble birth. As a free man, a franklin did not owe rent or military service to the monarchy.Full Answer >
The Great Plague ended as a result of a combination of the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the colder autumn weather of that same year. While the fire helped kill off some of the plague vectors, ultimately it was the colder temperatures which ended the Great Plague.Full Answer >
Big Ben is located in London, the capital of the United Kingdom. Big Ben is the bell within the clock tower that rises above the Houses of Parliament, which is adjacent to the River Thames in central London.Full Answer >
Big Ben, the clock and bell in London's Elizabeth Tower, was cast in 1858. The bell, weighing more than 13 tons, first rang in the tower on May 31, 1859.Full Answer >