The Most Pro-Science Presidents In American History


In honor of Presidents Day this Monday, February 19th here are 5 of the most science friendly presidents in U.S. history.


1. Thomas Jefferson-
• Spoke five languages and had a keen interest in science (especially archaeology), engineering.
• Jefferson invented a clock that was powered by the Earth’s gravitational pull on cannonballs.
• Jefferson was also President of the American Philosophical Society.


2. John Quincy Adams-
• Responsible for modernizing the American economy and building an infrastructure to support it.
• Adams established a uniform system of weights and measures, improved the patent system, facilitated a thorough survey of the country’s coasts, and were a very early advocate for science as a way to encourage the spirit of enterprise and invention in the United States.


3. Abraham Lincoln-
• Abraham Lincoln signed a bill that created the National Academy of Sciences.
• Disillusioned with the backwardness of U.S. farming practices, he enforced scientific techniques and insights onto the agricultural industry.
• Lincoln is also the only president to hold a patent for his invention of a method to lift boats off sandbars and shoals.

4. James Garfield-
• A total math whiz, James Garfield developed a trapezoid proof of the Pythagorean Theorem.
• Following in Lincoln’s footsteps, Garfield continued to promote the idea that agricultural science should be supported by the federal government.


5. Theodore Roosevelt-
• Theodore Roosevelt will forever be known for his work as a dedicated naturalist and conservationist.
• Roosevelt is a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and was quoted as saying;

“Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.”


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  1. Kim

    Dwight D. Eisenhower started NASA. Countless tech was developed initial by NASA scientists and has spun off to influence our every day lives:
    – LEDs
    – Ventricular Assist Devices (saves lives for those waiting for a heart translpant)
    – Water Purification
    – Solar Energy
    – Surgical Robotics
    – Lithium Batteries
    – Polymer fabrics protecting firefighters and Military
    …just to name a few =)


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