- BOWDITCH ,NATHANIEL , mathematician, was born March 26, 1773, in Salem, Mass. He was a trustee of the Boston Athenaeum, president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the corporation of Harvard University. He was twice elected to the state executive council of Massachusetts and held many offices of trust and honor. He was a famous mathematician of Salem, Mass., whose translation of La Place's Mècantque Cèleste, with extensive commentary, was his greatest work. The New American Navigator was his original work of note. He died March 16, 1838, in Boston, Mass.