(1779–1864), educator, editor, scientist. Silliman was born in Trumbull, Connecticut, to a family of modest means. His father was a general during the Revolutionary War. Continuing a family tradition, Silliman studied law after his graduation from Yale College in 1796. The course of his life was radically altered in 1802, however, when Yale's president offered Silliman the new professorship of chemistry and natural history. Silliman accepted, but spent the next four years in various American and European cities learning the sciences he was to teach.
From The Oxford Companion to United States History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: United States History.