Benjamin Silliman

Benjamin SillimanBenjamin Silliman (1779 -1864) was one Yale faculty member profoundly influenced by President Dwight. He wrote:

It would delight your heart to see how the trophies of the cross are multiplied in this institution. Yale College is a little temple: prayer and praise seem to be the delight of the greater part of the students.

Benjamin Silliman graduated from Yale the year following Dwight’s arrival and then joined the faculty five years later, becoming America’s outstanding mineralogist and geologist at the time. With Dwight’s encouragement, he founded what be­came the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale, as well as the influential American Journal of Science, still one of the world’s leading geological journals. He was the first presi­dent of the Association of American Geologists and a charter member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.

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